Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Note 10 is not compatible with Gear VR, the company’s virtual reality headset that works only with a phone slotted in front of the lenses, according to a tweet from tech analyst Anshel Sag. The decision to shut off support for its headset on its newest flagship phones casts doubt on the future of both the Gear VR and phone-based headsets, as standalone devices with built-in displays like the Oculus Go are on the rise.
Samsung didn’t mention Gear VR during today’s Unpacked event, and it hasn’t updated the headset since 2017. The most recent phones to support it were all four of the Galaxy S10 phone models announced in February, but only via an adapter. (The same was true of last year’s Galaxy Note 9.) The Gear VR still has a product page on Samsung’s store, but it doesn’t seem to be available for purchase anymore. You can still purchase it on Amazon for $99.99.