A new source reveals Samsung appears to have a new dedicated gamepad-type controller in the works for the Gear VR device. The new controller appears to be modeled closely on game controllers suggesting it will be primarily targeting gamers as opposed to general virtual reality users.
The leaked images show a device with a single joystick, four buttons arranged in a diamond pattern to control gameplay actions, and what is believed to be a general menu button all located on the front of the device. Along the top edge of the device are trigger buttons, both to the left and the right, along with a sync button for the Bluetooth that will be used for connections with a Gear VR. One thing that appears to be missing from the equation is any kind of motion tracking sensors in the controller.
The source for the images also shows how the controller should fit into a Gear VR device for storage purposes. It is not clear whether this can be accomplished while a user’s phone is in place or if it is just to help users not misplace the device when not in use.
No information was available as far as a release date or pricing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to launch in August, likely amidst the fanfare of a Samsung press event, so it may be possible the new gamepad controller gets announced at that time. There have been some suggestions Samsung may have to update the Gear VR to accommodate the larger size of the Note 7, so it may make sense to announce a new controller in conjunction with that update.