While the company hasn’t confirmed this is the case, the Note 10’s lack of compatibility with Gear VR likely indicates Samsung’s virtual reality plans have come to an end — at least as far as headsets that are powered by a smartphone. This news comes courtesy of a tweet from Anshel Sag (@anshelsag), a consumer and chip tech analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.
— Anshel Sag (@anshelsag) August 7, 2019
Samsung didn’t discuss Gear VR during its Note 10 Unpacked event and also refrained from mentioning the device back when it announced the Galaxy S10 earlier this year. That said, it was possible to use the S10 — as well as last year’s Note 9 — with a Gear VR headset through an adapter.
Given the prevalence of far better standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Go, in some respects, it makes sense for Samsung to be moving on from VR headsets that utilize a smartphone as their display.
Further, while the Gear VR with Controller (2018) is still listed on Samsung’s Canadian website, the headset is no longer available to purchase.
MobileSyup has reached out to Samsung Canada for comment regarding the future of the Gear VR.