Samsung Gear VR Controller

​Samsung's new Gear VR controller looks like just the thing Gear needs (hands-on)

Samsung's Gear VR is the most popular VR platform, and it's long been one of CNET's favorites. But to control things, you needed to use a giant touchpad on your head. A new Gear VR controller should finally let the Samsung-Oculus codeveloped platform work more like Google's Daydream View. It's not the same as high-end VR controllers, but it could be the magic wand that Gear VR sorely needed.

Update, March 29: The new Gear VR Controller is officially arriving April 21 for $40 (roughly £32 or AU$52), or in a package set with the latest Gear VR headset for $130 (roughly £104 or AU$170.) Read more about Samsung's latest VR offerings here.

The new wireless Gear VR controller can point and move like Google's Wii remote-like Daydream View remote does, but has a larger set of buttons: dedicated volume plus two more buttons on the top, and a trigger underneath the circular clickable touchpad. It looks a little like a mini version of HTC's Vive controller.

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