Oculus, Samsung’s technology partner for VR, has disabled Gear VR support for Galaxy Note 7 devices over some customer safety concerns.
The news arrives via a Reddit user who uploaded a screenshot to Imgur several hours ago showing an in-app message from Oculus (the screenshot was later verified). The message said:
Customer safety is Oculus’ top priority. Oculus is removing support for all Note 7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note 7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR. For more information regarding the Note 7, please contact Samsung directly.
This follows a global statement from Samsung yesterday urging the complete shutdown and return of all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Samsung’s global recall may not have been heeded by every Galaxy Note 7 owner yet and if the device caught fire while in use as VR it could have caused serious damage.