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01 August 2017

Google’s Daydream VR platform is now on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

A very excited Ray Wong living in a Google Daydream.
A very excited Ray Wong living in a Google Daydream.

Image: lili sams/mashable

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners are about to have a much more comfortable virtual reality experience, courtesy of Google.

Google’s Daydream VR platform is rolling out for Samsung’s devices, giving users another choice for phone-to-face immersion to go along with Samsung’s own Gear VR platform. 

Google teased the release earlier this year at its I/O event, promising that Daydream would eventually make its way to more phones ahead of Android O and the new Euphrates version of the VR platform. 

The Google VR twitter handle tweeted out the news, and the S8 and S8+ are now prominently featured on the Daydream web page

Samsung already has the Gear VR platform, as we noted above, which was developed specifically for the Galaxy line with partner Oculus. The well received $129 headset and controller combo was included in a pre-order promotion alongside the S8, so there might not be much interest for Daydream on the Samsung phones aside from the most fervent VR enthusiasts.    

Google is clearly hoping that some Samsung owners have enough imagination for multiple virtual realities, however, discounting the Daydream View headset to $60 through Aug. 12 in light of the new compatibility, $20 off its standard $80 price tag.  

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