Since the release of the Samsung Gear VR, it has received very positive response due to it being cheap and portable and has sold many units. The Samsung Gear VR is best for you if you are not into gaming PC VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. You can read our review of Samsung Gear VR here. The Gear VR is very good for playing games, but it lacks a good input device for playing games, like a controller. The button pad on the right side of the controller is not very good for controlling games. So we have compiled a list of the best Samsung Gear VR controllers if you want to buy one.
Following are some of the Best VR gamepads for Samsung Gear VR
Xiaomi Bluetooth Gamepad VR Controller
The famous Chinese company that has brought you Xiaomi Mi phones now made a game controller. The Xiaomi Bluetooth Gamepad looks really nice with a smooth matte plastic finish above and a glossy plastic finish below. The button and stick placements is very similar to the Xbox One controller. So, if you are familiar to the Xbox One controller, you will have no problem in using this controller while playing games on your Samsung Gear VR. The Xiaomi Bluetooth Gamepad is very comfortable to hold and its buttons feel very nice. This gamepad for the Gear VR uses Bluetooth 3.0 and requires 2x AA batteries to power it up. You won’t need to pay a very premium price for this, but you will still be getting a very well designed product which you will love to use every time while you are gaming.
GameSir 3Gs is a great controller for gaming on Samsung Gear VR. The best thing about this controller is that along with Android, it is compatible with Windows and the Sony PlayStation 3 as well. This is a really great controller for Samsung Gear VR and it is the best for people who are familiar to the PlayStation DualShock controller button and stick placement. The build quality of this controller is very nice and feels sturdy. It has a rechargeable internal battery and comes with a USB cable, Dual Micro USB cable, warranty and a bracket for attaching your phone to the controller if you are not playing on the Gear VR. Some people have been reporting that the GameSir G3s sometimes has Bluetooth connectivity issues with some games on Android, but it shouldn’t be a very big problem.
The Moga Pro is a very old controller and still a very popular one among Android, iOS and Windows Phone gamers. It is popular for its big design, rubberised grips and long battery life. It uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone and it also has a bracket built onto the controller for holding your phone if you are not using it with the Samsung Gear VR. The button and stick placement is very similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controller and the buttons are built to last. The Moga Pro is a great choice if you are looking for a long battery life and you can also charge your Samsung phone by connecting it to this controller. However there is a catch to use Moga Pro with Gear VR. You don’t have to install Pivot and use only MODE B while using it with Samsung Gear VR.
SteelSeries Stratus XL Gear VR Controller
The SteelSeries Stratus XL is the one of the Best VR Controllers to be used as Samsung Gear VR Controller. Few reasons why it is the best: it has a premium quality build which means durability and very comfortable to hold, it is recommended by Oculus for the Gear VR and it supports Windows and Steam Big Picture. Being a premium controller, you will have to pay a premium price for it. The build quality is top notch, the materials used to build it are of the best quality and the buttons and grip is very comfortable. If you want to game on both your Gear VR and gaming PC, this is the controller for you since it is also compatible with Steam Big Picture mode. The button and stick placement is a cross between Xbox and DualShock and is very easy to memorize. It uses 2x AA batteries to power up with a playtime of 40 hours approximately.
Best VR Controllers for Samsung Gear VR
These were some of the best controllers for Samsung Gear VR available. Using a controller is the best way to play games on your Gear VR since the button pad on the right side of the VR headset is not useful for gaming.