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Samsung Gear VR controller

Samsung Gear VR controller

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Gear VR Controller gives Samsung a leg-up over Google’s DayDream View headset -- for now. And as an inexpensive upgrade, it’s something every Gear VR owner will want.

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Pros
  • Inexpensive for existing Gear VR owners
  • Ergonomic and accurate
  • Makes mobile VR more immersive than DayDream
Cons
  • Gear VR is still limited to Samsung phones
  • Software library is just getting started
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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79
Average Critic Score
 
80
TrustedReviews
My biggest dislike about the Gear VR was its frustrating head-mounted touchpad that made playing anything other than basic games a complete chore, but having a physical remote that you can point and twirl remedies this issue completely.
 
80
TechRadar
For VR newcomers, the new Gear VR with controller is one of the best options on the market and one of the most affordable, at that. If you own the latest Samsung phone, or one released two years ago, this headset/controller combo is the best option available.
 
90
Android Authority
At the end of the day, the Gear VR continues to be a great platform for those that don’t want to invest in more expensive VR solutions but are looking for something a bit more immersive than you’d get with platforms like Google Cardboard.
 
70
PC Mag
Samsung's Gear VR headset becomes much more usable with a handheld controller, but finding good virtual reality content is frustrating.
 
70
Tech Advisor
If you're after games, you'll have to wait to see what developers build that takes advantage of the controller - though from the look of Samsung's new VR site, it's making a major investment in VR content. So here's hoping that it lives up to the platforms potential.
 
80
Polygon
Like the headset itself, the controller seems more focused on capturing a sense of fun and play without worrying over the details of nitty-gritty motion control perfection.
 
80
phoneArena
The wireless Controller is utterly overflowing with potential, but so far it doesn't feel like the Gear VR software library has yet to fully realize it.
 
70
The Verge
Overall, I also wish the Gear VR controller felt more like an integral part of the Gear VR, instead of one more piece added to an already overcomplicated platform.
 
80
Stuff
Better interaction was exactly what Gear VR needed, in light of Google’s excellent Daydream View headset, and Samsung looks to have delivered. Hopefully there are enough apps and games at launch to take advantage of the new hardware - 70 are apparently in development, which is a good sign.
 
90
Tom's Guide
The addition of the controller adds a tactile experience to certain games that couldn't be achieved with a traditional gamepad.