Samsung was one of the earliest adopters of virtual reality technology, launching its Gear VR headset back in 2015. The headset allows you to slot a Samsung flagship into it, with the phone providing the screen and horsepower.
Unfortunately, Samsung confirmed to The Verge that the brand-new Galaxy Note 10 series doesn’t support the Gear VR. It’s unclear whether the manufacturer will eventually provide an adapter to ensure that the two devices are compatible with each other.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series was indeed compatible with the VR headset, with the peripheral including the required adapter in the box. But we haven’t seen a new headset since 2017’s model.
The outlet also confirmed that Samsung is no longer selling the Gear VR on its website, although they can still be acquired on Amazon. This certainly suggests that the company is abandoning the accessory — or making way for a new model.
The news comes as standalone VR headsets such as the $400 Oculus Quest and $200 Oculus Go continue to gain prominence. But it’s still a little disappointing, as it suggests that one of Samsung’s exclusive features is no longer an option going forward. Sure, mobile VR isn’t exactly a phone-seller these days, but the Gear VR had several neat exclusives compared to Google’s Daydream platform.
At least Samsung’s older flagships are still compatible with the Gear VR, so you can simply acquire (or hold onto) one of these devices if you must have the tech. What do you make of the news? Sound off in the comments below!