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Along with the new Galaxy Note 7 today, Samsung announced a revamped version of the Gear VR. Significant changes include a jet black design, USB-C (with backwards micro-USB compatibility), and a wider field of view. The headset will cost $99 and ship on August 19th.

In response to glare that interfered with the immersive VR experiences, Samsung swapped out the white plastic of the original Gear with a darker black finish inside and outside the device. The field of view has been increased to 101-degrees from 96-degrees and the side trackpad has been redesigned. While Samsung switched to a grooved trackpad last generation, it is now flat again, with a new physical menu button next to the back button.

The internal connector in the headset is now USB-C and compatible with the new Note 7. However, there is also an included microUSB adaptor to allow owners of older devices to buy and use the new Gear. The adaptor has to be swapped out with a locking mechanism to keep it secure when in usage. Another USB-C port replaces the microUSB one found on the bottom of the headset. In addition to charging, it can also be used to transfer data and for other accessories.

Pre-orders for the device begin tomorrow at $99 with the device shipping on August 19.

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