What’s new in the latest version of Gear VR:
A wireless motion controller finally adds one-handed, easier controls in apps.
A revamped Gear VR software update adds higher resolution, a built-in web browser, and VR apps run smoother and cooler on existing phones and headsets.
The new Gear VR headset fits the new S8 and S8 Plus phones, but it’s basically the same as last year’s headset.
The new Gear VR headset works with the Galaxy S8 Plus, S8, S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ and comes with Micro USB and USB-C adapters. The extra bits of gear, however, mean keeping track of small dongles. Google’s more elegant Daydream View design works without any plug-in dongles at all, but the larger Gear VR, while bulkier and more plastic, fits better on my face.
Again, don’t get a new Gear VR headset if you have an old one; just buy the new remote instead. The Gear VR still works with wired headphones, leaving the headphone jack space on the phone unobstructed. But it’s probably better to use wireless headphones to reduce the cable tangle.