I just got confirmation from @Samsung. No version of the #Note10 is compatible with the GearVR. Not a huge loss tbh. Standalone is where it's at. #VR— Anshel Sag (@anshelsag)
It’s not clear whether Samsung will provide an adapter that works with the Galaxy Note 10, or if this is effectively the end of the road for the headset. The Verge has reached out to Samsung for clarification and we’ll update this story when we hear back. Despite its absence today, Gear VR may still have life ahead of it, as my colleague Adi Robertson has written about. The device was bundled with previous Samsung phones, is still compatible with many older models of Samsung phones, and is used as a tool to showcase VR at events like film festivals. Until standalone headsets drop in price, Gear VR remains one of the lowest-cost ways to bring VR into classrooms and events beyond the DIY efforts like Google Cardboard. It’s also still receiving app updates and new releases alongside newer models.
But with Gear VR not being compatible with Samsung’s newest flagship phone, and with Google announcing in May that the Pixel 3a wouldn’t support Android’s built-in Daydream platform, it’s hard not to think that phone-based VR may be on the decline.
Virtual reality is meant to enhance real life, not replace it.