Gear VR and bluetooth controller

There are plenty of awesome games that are available on Gear VR to steal away hours of your time. A fair few of those games either require a gamepad, or work better when you are using one. No system is perfect though, and there are a few issues that can crop up when using a gamepad. We've got the details for you on what can go wrong, and how to fix it.

Make sure you grab an Android gamepad

Bluetooth controller in front of Gear VR

Several people have reported problems when using a Steel Stratus XL controller, in which the controls aren't working correctly. Pushing the analog sticks moves your character through the environment, but not in the correct direction. While the SteelSeries Stratus XL is an exemplary controller for use with Gear VR, you do need to pay attention to the details.

That's because there are several different types of this controller that are available for purchase. When you pick up a controller, you just need to ensure that it is an Android compatible controller. While the iOS controller will connect and attempt to work on an Android phone, it will never work properly, or the way that you expect it to.

Ensure your gamepad is charged

Bluetooth controller

Not all gamepads are made equal. Some of them will require batteries, while others will have batteries sealed in and charge through a microUSB cable. In either case, you want to ensure that your gamepad has a good charge, or decent amount of battery life left. That's because if your batteries die while you are within VR, you won't be able to see any indicator lights to tell you that you're about to lose connectivity.

Being unable to play your new game because it requires a gamepad, and yours doesn't have a decent charge is quite frustrating. By keeping your controller charged, you can ensure that it will always work easily, and won't constantly drop signal or lose power entirely.

Restart your phone after updates

Bluetooth controller next to Gear VR

You may have been using a Bluetooth gamepad for quite a while, when it suddenly stops working correctly. In several cases, after an Oculus system update, there have been issues with Bluetooth gamepads losing sync or connectivity. Even if you restart the Oculus software, there doesn't seem to be a reason that your gamepad won't stay connected to your phone.

To fix this one, try restarting your phone after the Oculus update. Afterwards, you should see that your gamepad will sync and stay connected while you play your favorite games in VR.

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Have you had issues with a Bluetooth controller that we didn't outline here? Do you have a fix that we somehow missed? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below.

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