It seems that Oculus has disabled the Gear VR application for Galaxy Note 7 handsets. It’s a good move from the company in order to keep consumers safe. With the handset having a tendency to randomly explode, using it for virtual reality just a few inches from your face probably isn’t a good idea.
Details after the break.
Oculus hasn’t made an official statement, but according to an image that Reddit user /u/Bahaman23 posted, when you open the app on the Galaxy Note 7, you’re met with the following message:
“Customer safety is Oculus’ top priority. Oculus is removing support for all Note 7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR. For more information regarding the Note7, please contact Samsung directly.”
In other words, you won’t be able to use your Gear VR with the Galaxy Note 7 any longer. It’s a real bummer, particularly for people who are still awaiting their Gear VR to arrive in the mail, but a very necessary precaution.
This action comes not long after Samsung requested that everyone “powers down and stops using the Galaxy Note 7.” In fact, today Samsung announced that they’ve completely and permanently halted production and sales of the Galaxy Note 7. If you own one, you should return to the retailer you purchased the device from and get a return or exchange process going.
If you exchange it out for a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge or Galaxy Note 5, it’s worth noting that all three devices will work just fine with the Gear VR.