Samsung offers a free Gear VR or DeX Station with any Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchase

If you plan to buy a high-end Samsung smartphone, there are plenty of offers that you can take advantage of, not to mention that you’ll most certainly be getting better deals on Black Friday if you wait until the end of the month.

Samsung is now running a promotion that would allow customers who purchase one of its 2017 flagships to get some free stuff in the process. The deal is only available in the United States via Samsung’s online store.

While the South Korean company does mention that this is a limited time offer, it doesn’t say when it will end. In …


Sony's new PlayStation VR headset is a little nicer than the last one

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When it came out in October 2016, the PlayStation VR did not exactly wow us: It looked nice and modern, but its tracking system and Move controllers left a lot to be desired. 

Now, Sony has a new version of the headset which improves on the original in several ways, but only fixes one of the bigger issues — and only for those that have an HDR-capable TV. 

The new model, unsexily called CUH-ZVR2, has a slightly updated design, integrated stereo headphone cables, and an updated Processor Unit with HDR passthrough, meaning you no longer have to disconnect the unit when you want to view HDR content on a TV.  Read more…

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Alcatel Idol 5 & UNI360 VR hands-on

We checked out the Alcatel Idol 5 not too long ago in Berlin for IFA 2017, but the one we’re talking about here is for the US market. Specifically, it’s a Cricket Wireless exclusive and will be available starting on October, alongside with a new VR headset dubbed the UNI360 VR Goggles. For those looking to experience mobile VR on the cheap, this might be a solution that’s perfect for you.

Interestingly enough, while this version of the Idol 5 looks very much like the European model we checked out, one that looks and feels premium for its price point thanks …

LG V30 US pre-orders will come with all-new Daydream VR headset, release could be in mid-October

The LG V30 is already on sale in Korea, but we still don’t know when exactly it will hit the shelves in the US. However, there are certain clues which indicate that the manufacturer is preparing to unleash a barrage of incentives for consumers in the North American country. 

A video released by AT&T (was subsequently deleted) revealed that LG will be offering a two-year limited warranty for its high-end phablet, which is twice the usual amount. Now, reliable tipster Evan Blass has stumbled upon a promotion that is even more intriguing. 
Not …

HTC's stand alone VR headset to be named Vive Focus?

Back in July, HTC introduced a new standalone version of its Vive VR headset at the ChinaJoy trade show. The headset doesn’t need to be connected to a computer, and is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset that you will find powering today’s high-end Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Originally named the Vive Standalone, that might be too much of a mouthful to spit out when you’re ordering the device.

A couple of new trademark applications that HTC has filed might have outed the real name that the manufacturer plans on using for the VR headset. Last week, HTC requested …

Samsung Gear VR (for Note 8) hands-on

When you grow a few inches and can’t fit into your usual stuff, then it’s time for a brand new wardrobe. That’s exactly where the just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 finds itself, as it’s longer length and slightly wider waistline doesn’t allow it to fit the most recent version of the Samsung Gear VR – the “new” one released alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier in the year. Knowing that, it means that we’re being introduced to yet another, newer version of the Samsung Gear VR.

Visually, it doesn’t deviate from the same design language as before with its plastic …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ finally get Daydream VR support

It’s been months since Samsung and Google promised both Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships would receive Daydream VR support. A couple of US carriers (T-Mobile and Verizon) pushed updates that pledged to bring the new functionality to these smartphones, but global availability was out of the question.

Luckily, things have just changed today, as Google confirmed Daydream VR support is now rolling out to both Galaxy S8 and S8+. Since this is a server-side update, you won’t exactly know when you can use the new VR functionality.

One way to make sure that you get Daydream …

New Verizon Galaxy S8/S8+ update brings Daydream VR support, hide nav bar button and more

A new update has started rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners who got their unit through Verizon. After installing, the software upgrade should bump the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQG4, or G955USQU1AQG4 for the S8+. 
There are some new features aboard the latest patch – Verizon has added support for Google’s Daydream VR platform and the corresponding hardware.  While we can’t help but wonder as to how many people will choose Daydream VR over Samsung’s own Gear VR headset and controller, …

Lenovo and Disney teaming up for immersive Star Wars VR experience

At a company event, Disney unveiled a VR system it has been developing with Lenovo to create an immersive Star Wars experience. For example, you can be playing HoloChess with movie characters, or engaging in lightsaber battles using a dedicated controller peripheral – that kind of cool stuff!

The Star Wars Jedi Challenges system comprises a special VR headset, a lightsaber controller, and apps ran on your smartphone. The headset is of the type where your smartphone is mounted in the front, so nothing too revolutionary here. But then again, this would help for a manageable price …

T-Mobile says Daydream VR capability is now live on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it's not

Google and Samsung have promised to bring Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this year. Unfortunately, since the announcement doesn’t contain any explicit timeframes, it’s almost impossible to guess when Daydream support will arrive on Samsung’s flagships.

However, it appears that U.S. carrier T-Mobile jumped the gun on the matter and confirmed that the last week’s update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ added Daydream VR support. It’s the same update that blocked Bixby remapping apps and added June security patch.

Sadly, Daydream support on T-Mobile’s …