Last month, Microsoft announced plans to bring Xbox Wireless tech to PCs and other gaming accessories starting with Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y710 Cube. Today, the company went a step further with controller support for Samsung’s Gear VR headset. That’s right, the Xbox Wireless Controller will soon work with Samsung’s phone-driven virtual reality device. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition will be the first game to make use of the feature, but eventually you’ll be able to use it on any Gear VR title with controller support.
The first game you’ll be able to use with the Xbox Wireless Controller, Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, though you’ll eventually be able to use it with any Gear VR title. Keep in mind Microsoft bought Minecraft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. An update for the game, which is already available to play, is scheduled to release in October, bringing compatibility to all Gear VR headset owners.
While the Gear VR version of Minecraft is already available, an update next month will flip the switch on the controller compatibility. You’ll also need to make sure you have the latest update for the Xbox accessory as well, which is already available. When the game update arrives in October, all you’ll need to do is download it and connect the controller via Bluetooth to start playing. Microsoft says it’s working to bring Xbox controller support to both existing and future Gear VR games and promises more details “in the coming months.”