Samsung’s run of bad luck continues. After an extremely expensive recall and replacement, the company was hoping for things to get better. However, the replaced Note 7 devices are apparently still unable to contain themselves, and are going boom ll over the place. The company has all but given up the device as a bad job. In what can be seen as an attempt by the company to dissociate itself from possible bad publicity arising out of mishaps, Oculus has said that the Note 7 won’t work with Gear VR headsets “until further notice“.
In case you are unaware of it, Gear VR is actually the result of a collaboration between Samsung and Facebook’s virtual arm. In a bid to further discourage consumers from using the Note 7 devices, Oculus has pulled the plug and issued an update to its mobile application. The application will no longer offer support for Galaxy Note 7.
Oculus is removing support for all Note 7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR. For more information regarding the Note7, please visit Samsung’s information page or contact Samsung directly.
The move makes a lot of sense. The Gear VR requires you to put the smartphone into a slot and then, strap the whole headset to your face. Considering that Note 7 has been going poof — or rather Kaboom! — all over the place, placing it that close to your face, is probably not in your best interests.
However, users tend to disregard such issues. After all, who cares if you turn into Deadpool just as long as you can get some of that good old Minecraft action, right? Wrong.
Oculus realizes the potential beehive that is just waiting to explode. Its probably the company’s good luck that none of the Note 7 devices that have overheated or exploded, did so while inside the Gear VR headset. However, you can’t depend upon luck to hold and thus, Oculus has moved proactively and disabled Galaxy Note 7 functionality.
Meanwhile, there is no word about when — and if — the Gear VR headset will start working with the beleaguered devices again. Until then though, users have found yet another reason to trade in their Note 7 devices with retailers.