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Galaxy Note8 should be compatible with Daydream from Day 1

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ took their sweet time to get a software update that would enable Daydream compatibility, but it appears that won't be the case for Samsung's latest and hottest flagship, the Note8.

According to a Samsung spokesperson who talked to NieuweMobiel, Daydream support will be enabled out of the box for the Note8 so you won't have to wait months for any software update to let you slip that shiny phone into your Daydream headset and turn it into a window for VR content... and probably be one of the test subjects for the new Note's capacity to not burst into flames when overheated.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges will have you fighting lightsaber duels from your living room

Either as part of the ongoing IFA festivities or in prep for Force Friday II, Lenovo has just announced a product together with Disney. Called Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, it's an augmented reality Star Wars game that will have you flapping about a lightsaber replica as you fight villains like Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. Let's hope there's a wrist strap.

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Zeiss' VR One Connect bridges the gap between mobile and PC virtual reality

VR doesn't seem to be as exciting these days. Whether it's the limitations of mobile VR (like heat, video quality, and battery drain) or being tethered to your PC with the Rift or Vive, VR doesn't seem that appealing to many people — I, for one, am not one of those, but I digress. To combat some of the weaknesses of both platforms, Zeiss has come up with the VR One Connect, which bridges the gap between mobile and PC virtual reality... in theory.

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[Deal Alert] HTC permanently drops VIVE VR to $599 ($200 off), probably to compete with Oculus

For anyone wanting to get into VR, the number of options and different price points can be a bit overwhelming. At the lower end, you have Google's Cardboard or Daydream viewers, which can be used in conjunction with Android phones to offer a fairly basic VR experience. Devices like the Oculus Rift fill the middle tier, for those wanting a more robust ecosystem. Then at the top end, you've got the HTC VIVE. At $799 it's only ever been for those who are really serious about VR. HTC is hoping a price drop down to $599 will open it up to a wider audience.

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Daydream View headset on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Verizon, and Best Buy

The future is now, and VR is a thing. Well, not always a good thing, but it's a thing nonetheless. If you want to check out the several things smartphone VR has to offer, the Daydream View headset is on sale now for $59.99 via Amazon, Verizon, and Best Buy. It's not on sale in the Google Store for whatever reason.

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Google creates coffee making sim to test VR learning

Most VR experiences so far have been games and 360-degree videos, but Google is exploring the idea that VR can be a way to learn real life skills. The skill it chose to use as a test of this hypothesis is making coffee. So of course, it created a coffee making simulator in VR. The result was surprisingly supportive of VR learning.

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Daydream v1.7 is rolling out with redesigned home, controller performance improvements, and more [APK Download]

A new version of the Daydream VR app is rolling out today, and it's more than just a bug fix. Google says the Daydream Home interface has been tweaked for better content discovery, and the controller should be less annoying in several ways. If you don't want to wait, we've got the APK all set for you to sideload.

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[Update: Coming soon] Daydream VR support arrives on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, or so T-Mobile says

Back in May, Google announced that Daydream would be coming to the Galaxy S8 this summer. Well, it's summer, and Daydream support has indeed arrived with the latest T-Mobile update - at least, according to their support page changelogs. Whether or not the Galaxy S8 actually supports Daydream as of right now is another question.

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The BBC Taster VR app shows off new 360 degree content from the makers of Planet Earth II, and more

The BBC is pretty good when it comes to 360-degree content. The British media network even has a dedicated '360 Videos' YouTube playlist with a nice selection, ranging from tours of Italian cities to immersive wildlife experiences. It's now taking this to the logical next step, courtesy of its experimental BBC Taster studio, which has released a new VR app.

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Google releases Daydream Elements, a new demo app for best VR practices

If you're considering building a new VR game or app experience, you may be facing new challenges in how to create realistic scenes, how to move your characters across space without dizzying the player, and how to choose between click and gesture controls depending on what's best for your setting.

Daydream Elements is a new open-source app by Google that provides tech demos for many scenarios regarding these 3 areas: locomotion, menus and virtual controls, and rendering and lighting. There's also a full documentation page with explanations and details on each aspect, plus the source code on GitHub, so you should have everything at your disposal.

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