Samsung's Gear VR controller has just passed through the FCC recently which could signify that Samsung is getting ready to launch the device in the near future. The controller, which would be able to connect to the Gear VR headset for the use of navigating content and playing games is a Bluetooth enabled device, and it was just rumored earlier this morning that a controller may end up shipping with Samsung's next Gear VR headset currently being referred to as the Gear VR 2.
While there aren't currently any pictures of the device, the FCC document filings do show the labels that are to be placed on the battery compartment for the device, which is a common placement for these types of labels. Now this detail in itself is not particularly revealing, but a quick look at the test report inside of this filing clearly displays that the device is the Gear VR controller with the model name ET-YO234. In addition to there being no images for the device there are also no diagrams that show off the design so there is no way to know what exactly this controller looks like, which means it could be similar to a regular Bluetooth gamepad, of which you can find many different types on Amazon and other retailers. It could also end up being similar to the controller that Google has packaged with the Daydream View which would make it easier to hold and likely more versatile.
With the controller having passed through the FCC recently it should be on its way to market in the near future, and it very well could end up being announced alongside the next version of the Gear VR which is thought to be getting an announcement at the same time as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, both devices which are rumored to be announced in March with a potential launch in April. Since Samsung hasn't officially announced this controller there is no current detail on the release date or how much the controller will cost, in addition to where Samsung will launch the controller first, though, since it's for the Gear VR it's likely it will be available wherever the new Gear VR is going to be available.