Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Observe 10 will not be suitable with Gear VR, the corporate’s digital actuality headset that works solely with a cellphone slotted in entrance of the lenses, in accordance with a tweet from tech analyst Anshel Sag. The choice to close off assist for its headset on its latest flagship telephones casts doubt on the way forward for each the Gear VR and phone-based headsets, as standalone units with built-in shows just like the Oculus Go are on the rise.
Samsung didn’t point out Gear VR throughout as we speak’s Unpacked occasion, and it hasn’t up to date the headset since 2017. The newest telephones to assist it have been all 4 of the Galaxy S10 cellphone fashions introduced in February, however solely through an adapter. (The identical was true of final 12 months’s Galaxy Observe 9.) The Gear VR nonetheless has a product web page on Samsung’s retailer, nevertheless it doesn’t appear to be out there for buy anymore. You’ll be able to nonetheless buy it on Amazon for $99.99.
— Anshel Sag (@anshelsag) August 7, 2019
It’s not clear whether or not Samsung will present an adapter that works with the Galaxy Observe 10, or if that is successfully the tip of the street for the headset. The Verge has reached out to Samsung for clarification and we’ll replace this story once we hear again.
Regardless of its absence as we speak, Gear VR should have life forward of it, as my colleague Adi Robertson has written about. The machine was bundled with earlier Samsung telephones, remains to be suitable with many older fashions of Samsung telephones, and is used as a software to showcase VR at occasions like movie festivals. Till standalone headsets drop in worth, Gear VR stays one of many lowest-cost methods to carry VR into lecture rooms and occasions past the DIY efforts like Google Cardboard. It’s additionally nonetheless receiving app updates and new releases alongside newer fashions.
However with Gear VR not being suitable with Samsung’s latest flagship cellphone, and with Google asserting in Might that the Pixel 3a wouldn’t assist Android’s built-in Daydream platform, it’s exhausting to not assume that phone-based VR could also be on the decline.