Microsoft may have been a late entrant into the VR technology that has been sweeping the world, but the company’s plans to stay ahead in the game have been apparent for a long time. Last year, Microsoft paired up with Oculus to bring their Xbox controllers and games to the Oculus Rift headset. Now as events stand unfolded at this year’s MineCon, Microsoft has announced that the new Xbox One controllers will be made compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR headset. The first game to support the new technology will be Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. Microsoft officials added that the Xbox Wireless Controller will be made compatible with all controller-supported Gear VR games.
Owing to this new development, whoever owns a Samsung Gear VR headset will be able to sample the Xbox One controllers for themselves as soon as the Boss Update releases this October across platforms. The preceding software update for the controller that Microsoft will issue ahead will need to be downloaded first, after which the game update will be available for downloading. Following this, the Gear VR and the Xbox controller can be paired via Bluetooth. According to Microsoft, the new Minecraft: Gear VR Edition will offer a fresh perspective to players by letting them delve right into the world of the game to build, explore and battle mobs, “all with a fresh perspective.”
In addition, Microsoft said via an official blog post, “broader support across all Gear VR controller-enabled titles like Herobound, Spirit Champion, Omega Agent, and End Space will be available in the coming months.” Microsoft is also hard at work currently to pairing Xbox Wireless Controller possible with all controller-supported Gear VR games and future games too. The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy s6 edge+, and the Galaxy S6 are among the devices that will be supported. Alongside the Gear VR, Microsoft will also bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift headset.