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Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus now lets you request refunds on Rift and Gear VR games

Oculus is spending the day rolling out a big quality of life improvement to both the Rift and the Gear VR. The company took the time today to reflect on some of the big changes its made to both headsets over the course of the summer, but it seems it's saved the best for last: refunds. After testing a refund option in the UK, Oculus is ready to roll it out on a larger scale.

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Gear VR PhoneCast app lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Gear VR PhoneCast app  lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Virtual reality is fun and entertaining but hardly useful when it comes to getting real-world things done, it isn’t of much help. At least with the current state of technology. In the meantime, however, users can have an approximation of productivity in virtual reality by having their non-gaming software brought before their eyes. That is exactly what the Samsung PhoneCast VR app is trying to do by making some “2D”, a.k.a. flat, regular, and boring apps, available on the Gear VR headset.

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Note 8 accessories: New Gear VR with Controller, and more

Note 8 accessories: New Gear VR with Controller, and more

Samsung doesn't just have a brand new smartphone for you today, it also has a batch of new Galaxy Note 8 accessories, too. Launching alongside the Android phablet is an updated range of Note 8 cases, shells, QWERTY keyboard sleeves, and a new Gear VR with Controller. However, if you're an existing Galaxy S8 or S8+ user, some of the accessories you already have might play nicely with the Note 8, too.

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Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset, only for it to personally recognize you, no interaction necessary. Such functionality may be making its way to Samsung's Gear VR headset, at least according to a patent that recently surfaced. This new patent details a means by which the Gear VR headset could know who is wearing it by analyzing the pressure points on the surfaces in contact with the wearer's face and head.

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Chromecast support arrives on Gear VR

Chromecast support arrives on Gear VR

Those of you with a Gear VR will probably like to hear that Samsung and Oculus have brought Chromecast functionality to the VR headset today. With this new functionality, you'll be able to stream the content you see through Chromecast, for instance allowing you to broadcast what you're currently experiencing through your TV.

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Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Along with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ there's a new Gear VR with Controller to turn the Android smartphones into a virtual reality experience. Though the headset itself is much the same as the existing Gear VR, though now with a dock inside that accommodates the new flagship phones, what's new is the Oculus-powered Gear VR Controller. As we've seen from Google's Daydream and other VR systems, that opens the door to far more interaction.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Shortly before MWC 2017 began, we heard a rumor that claimed the next Gear VR from Samsung would ship with a controller. While the initial expectation may have been to see Samsung announce this new iteration of the Gear VR alongside the Galaxy S8, the company has wasted no time, revealing it today at MWC 2017 instead. It turns out those rumors were right, and the next Gear VR will include a controller.

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Samsung could include a controller with the next Gear VR

Samsung could include a controller with the next Gear VR

We've been treated to a couple iterations of Samsung's Gear VR headset already, but the next one could feature a big addition. According to both a new leak and an interesting new FCC filing, Samsung may be plotting to include a controller with the next Gear VR headset. Unfortunately for us, details on this controller are mostly non-existent at this point.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

If you've always wanted to tour the White House but never managed to make it out to Washington DC, then we've got some good news for you. Assuming you've got an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset, you can now take a tour of the White House with none other than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as your guides.

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Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung AR glasses may be on their way not long after the Galaxy S8 and the newest Gear VR headset is revealed this February. These would be the newest edition of the Gear VR and a pair of smart glasses that haven't yet been revealed. "If there are any good ideas to make AR glasses [out there], we want to talk to you," said Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics. The doctor spoke at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego this week.

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