Samsung is offering a free Gear VR adapter to new Galaxy Note 9 buyers

Samsung is offering Note 9 owners free Gear VR adapters so that they can use the most recent model of Samsung’s virtual reality headset with the company’s latest smartphone. If you own both the Note 9 and Gear VR with Controller, the new USB Type-C adapter can be obtained by calling 1-800-Samsung.

The Note 9’s “increased size” has led to compatibility issues with last year’s headset, according to Samsung. The display is only 0.1 inches bigger than the Note 8, but those slightly larger dimensions are enough to cause a problem. The headset will fit the Note 9 once the adapter is inserted.

After contacting Samsung, you’ll need to provide the Gear VR model and serial number located on the side of the headset. The company will ship the adapter to you for free, but it could take up to 10 business days for it to arrive. At this time, there’s no way to get the adapter in stores.

This year, Samsung didn’t announce an updated version of its Gear VR, so the adapter seems like a Band-Aid for that problem as the company works on a next-generation headset — or perhaps one that works on its own without a phone.

Samsung has a new Odyssey+ Mixed Reality headset on the way

A new FCC filing shows that Samsung may be prepping to release an updated version of the HMD Odyssey, its Windows Mixed Reality headset launched at the end of last year. The new headset will be called the HMD Odyssey+, and there doesn’t appear to be many changes, except for some cosmetic differences to make the headset more comfortable to wear.

The filing shows that the headset’s display size remains the same with dual 3.5-inch screens with a 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye, but now the eye box is wider to prevent fogging. The specs chart below does mention a new acronym we haven’t seen before with “AMOLED+SFS” listed as the display type, but it’s not yet clear what SFS is.


Senior reporter Adi Robertson’s first impression of the HMD Odyssey was that the core VR experience was as good as the Rift or Vive, but that its design was pretty mediocre and navigating Windows desktop apps was an “exercise in pointless misery.” The Odyssey retailed for $500 at launch but has since been lowered to $400. It probably won’t be long until we can get more details on the upcoming Odyssey+.