Samsung’s stated Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are “not compatible” with Gear VR, the company’s virtual reality headset that works only with a phone slotted in front of the lenses. The decision to shut off help for its headset on its latest flagship phones casts doubt on the future of both the Gear VR and different headsets that use phones as their screen and processor, as standalone devices with built-in displays like the Oculus Quest are on the rise.
Samsung didn’t mention Gear VR as soon as throughout its Unpacked event, and it hasn’t up to date the headset since 2017. The most recent phones to support it was all four of the Galaxy S10 phone models announced in February, but only by way of an adapter. User can again purchase it on Amazon for $99.99.
The machine was bundled with previous Samsung phones, is still compatible with many older models of Samsung phones, and is used as a tool to showcase VR at events like film festivals. Till standalone headsets drop in price, Gear VR remains one of the lowest-cost ways to bring VR into classrooms and occasions past the DIY efforts like Google Cardboard. It’s additionally still receiving app updates and new releases alongside newer models.
But with Gear VR not being appropriate with Samsung’s newest flagship phone, and with Google announcing in May that the Pixel 3A wouldn’t support Android’s built-in Daydream platform, it’s hard not to think that phone-based VR may be on the decline.