Mobile VR Is Better than Ever—Upgraded Oculus Home, Plus Dozens of New Controller Titles Launching in April

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
March 29, 2017

We’re happy to announce that the new Gear VR and Controller will be available April 21 for $129. If you already have a Gear VR, you can add a controller to your experience for $39.

Today, we’re beginning to roll out our biggest mobile platform update yet. We’ve rebuilt Oculus Home from the ground up, reducing load times by up to 3x! That gets you into VR faster, while our new Explore feature makes it easy to find great content and play videos in VR. Plus, we’ve brought unprecedented graphic clarity to mobile VR, with twice the pixel resolution in Home—think of it like upgrading from Standard Definition to High Definition.

The update will make its way to all Gear VR owners over the next few weeks.

70 New Titles with Controller Support Coming Soon
We’ve created an incredible lineup for the Gear VR Controller at launch. You’ll have nearly 20 titles to choose from in April, with 50 more to follow over the next few months.

Existing library games not requiring gamepad can all be played comfortably with the built-in touchpad, but new titles designed specifically for the controller take things to another level. The additional trigger unlocks a number of new gestures in VR, like drawing constellations in the night sky, casting a fishing line with precision, and firing guns at your opponent in live, multiplayer standoffs.

Take aim and mow down zombies in Drop Dead, solve puzzles to explore hidden temples in Rangi, grab the mic to show off your vocal prowess in SingSpace, and more. We’ve also added controller support to Oculus Rooms, so you can interact in new ways and even draw pictures with friends in VR.

Oculus Avatars Is Now on Gear VR
We originally brought Oculus Avatars to Rift alongside Touch. Now you can create one avatar that works across Rift and Gear VR games and experiences. Oculus Avatars launches on Gear VR alongside the new Oculus Home, so you can take your avatar with you into a range of experience including Oculus Rooms, Hulu, Drop Dead, Fusion Wars, and vTime, plus new titles like Hologrid and The Guidance Team.

Easily create an avatar on Gear VR
that expresses your own unique visual style.

Navigate the Web in VR with the Oculus Browser
The Oculus Browser launches today on Gear VR. A fully native app that renders incredibly sharp video, images, and text in Gear VR, the new browser lets you search the web directly from Home.

Using the keyboard, navigate to your favorite sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube just like you would on a desktop. The browser brings 2D and most 360 video content right into Oculus Home, with all the benefits of our newly built experience.

With more than 700 curated apps currently available on the Oculus Store, Gear VR sets the standard for immersive mobile content. Now, with the new controller on the way and waves of compatible titles close behind, mobile VR has never been more exciting.

— The Oculus Team