Samsung Gear VR to receive Xbox Wireless Controller support

While Sony will be launching PlayStation VR in mid-October, Xbox One gamers will have to wait until next year when Microsoft is expected to ship Project Scorpio, around the holiday season.

In the meantime, Microsoft has announced that its new Xbox Wireless Controller, which shipped alongside the recently released Xbox One S, will be compatible with controller-enabled games on the Samsung Gear VR. The first game to pick up the capability will be Minecraft: Gear VR Edition while support for additional titles, including Herobound, Spirit Champion, Omega Agent, and End Space will arrive over the next few months.

In order to enable Xbox Wireless Controller support, you'll need the latest update for the controller and the Minecraft: Gear VR Edition October update, available through the Oculus app on supported Samsung Android devices, which include:

  • Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge+

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note7 is absent from the list given reports of units catching fire, prompting Samsung to halt shipments and Oculus to warn Note7 owners not to use the device with Gear VR.

Beyond the five titles mentioned, Microsoft's Navin Kumar, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Xbox Accessories, affirmed that "we’re working hard to make the Xbox Wireless Controller compatible with all controller-supported Gear VR games and future games too."

Source: Xbox Wire

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