Samsung announced its Latest VR headset and Gear 360 camera in New York event Wednesday to introduce the next version of its Gear VR headset as well as a new Gear 360 camera alongside of its new Galaxy S8 phone.
Both devices are designed to tie in with its new VR platform, that offers “over 8,000 videos and 2,000 premium experience” at launch. The Gear 360 camera is designed to help users create new content, while the latest Gear VR is there to help them experience it on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.The new headset works very similar to the existing version of the Gear VR, save for one key difference: Instead of an integrated touch pad, the new Gear VR uses an external handheld controller for in-VR navigation and gameplay. Gear 360 shoots 4K 360-degree video, and is capable of streaming live video in 360 on Facebook and elsewhere.
In addition to these hardware updates, Samsung also worked with Oculus to optimize some of the software experience of the Gear VR headset. Oculus completely rebuilt the home screen of its mobile VR software, and promised 3-times faster app loading, plus a much higher image resolution that will make better use of the screen real estate.