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Daydream VR support is absent on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Google initially spearheaded virtual reality on Android with Google Cardboard, which evolved into the more complete Daydream VR platform. Unlike Cardboard, which could start on any somewhat-recent Android or iOS device, Daydream support requires the phone manufacturer and Google to make sure everything works.

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Weekend poll: Do you regularly use VR?

2017 is supposed to be the year of VR. (Or was it 2016?) As such, I'm curious how many of you are doing your virtual duty to the tech trend overlords and engaging with this content. Mobile VR headsets are all the rage right now, with players coming out of the woodwork all over the place in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the VR revolution.

Except, I'm curious if you, bleeding-edge tech enthusiasts, actually even care about or use VR (or, have used it more than a handful of times after relegating your headset to an indefinite residence in the closet).

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AccuWeather has released a Gear VR app, because why not

As Oculus and Samsung continue to look for more partners to develop Gear VR apps, apparently they thought a virtual reality weather app would be compelling. Or maybe this was actually AccuWeather's idea. Either way, AccuWeather has published an app for the Gear VR, titled 'Weather for Life.'

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Daydream VR games on sale for 50% off: Gunjack 2, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, and Need for Speed No Limits

Gaming is one of the primary use cases for virtual reality, but man, those VR games are expensive. Spending $10-20 for a mobile VR game is a tough sell, but there's a sale on three of the top Daydream games today to make VR gaming a little more palatable. Gunjack 2, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, and Need for Speed No Limits are all 50% off.

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[Deal Alert] Beef up your mobile games library with The Great Fusion and VR Space: The Last Mission for free (usually $1.99 each)

It wasn't too long ago that Google started allowing developers to run native sales for apps in the Play Store. We saw the color-based puzzle Linia go free yesterday, and now we have two more. The Great Fusion and VR Space: The Last Mission both come from developer Loading Home. Normally, these games would cost $1.99 a piece, but for a short time, they'll cost you nothing.

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HTC is working on a mobile VR product for U Ultra, "not a phone slapped onto a headset"

Mobile virtual reality hasn't really struck a chord with consumers. Content for Google Daydream is lacking, and Samsung's Gear VR platform isn't doing much better. HTC's president of global sales, Chia-lin Chang, has revealed that the company is working on its own mobile VR product - and it's "not a phone slapped onto a headset."

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WWII-themed shooter Bandit Six comes to Google Daydream

There are now a handful of Google Daydream-compatible phones, but apps are still just trickling out. There's one today that might be of interest, though. Bandit Six, which was previously available on Cardboard, has come to Daydream. It's a shooter that places you in the tailgunner pod of WWII bomber.

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Hugo Barra is joining Facebook as the new head of Oculus VR

Former Googler Hugo Barra announced recently that he was leaving his gig at Xiaomi, where he's worked as a global VP since 2013. Everyone was wondering where he would go, and now we know. Barra is Facebook-bound. Specifically, he's going to be the head of Oculus VR at Facebook.

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Qualcomm accidentally reveals the Asus ZenFone AR, the newest Tango phone

This is definitely an "Oops" moment for Qualcomm. The chipset manufacturer accidentally leaked/revealed the newest Asus device ahead of the CES announcement. While new devices are sometimes worth getting excited about, this one is actually special: the ZenFone AR, as it is named, will be the second phone with Tango built in. Qualcomm noted in its now removed blog post that the ZenFone AR will use the Snapdragon 821 SoC and that the new phone would also be Daydream-ready. Of course, this would be the first device to run both of Google's augmented and virtual reality platforms. 

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Need for Speed VR for Google Daydream is now live

Google trotted out a number of new Daydream titles the other day, one of which was supposed to be Need for Speed VR. However, the actual release of the game lagged behind all the others. Now, it's available, and the price is a little lower than what Google originally quoted. It's not cheap, but for $15 it's probably the most ambitious Daydream game yet.

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