If there’s one thing that has left Gear VR users feeling like they’re using a bastardized Rift, it’s been the lack of a controller. Oculus has been working with Samsung for the past few years on the Gear VR, but are facing pressure to up the ante as offerings from Google’s Daydream VR and Sony’s PlayStation VR come creeping around the bend.
Therefore, this leak about an upcoming Gear VR Gamepad doesn’t sound too out of the question. It comes from Czech site MobilMania and features a design unlike previous ones we’ve seen for said competing projects — mainly in that the gun-grip design makes way for a more conventional handlebar grip.
When in virtual reality, your controller needs no appealing design — as if you’re going to stare at it through your smartphone-laden goggles.
Rather, it’s function over form for the gray, resin-crafted platter does contain your typical analog stick, XYAB buttons, shoulder pads, LEDs and Bluetooth sync button so it can connect to your phone. And yes, it snaps onto your headset for easy storage, though we’re not sure you’d want to be wearing an extra 300 grams on your head — maybe best to keep it aside while playing around.
This rumor and leak are plausible, but until we hear an official announcement with pricing and availability details, just tuck this one in the back pocket for now.