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If you got a Daydream View VR headset early, you won't be able to use it yet

Some people who pre-ordered the Daydream View smartphone VR headset have received it early, but Google has not yet released the app needed to run it.

Published onNovember 4, 2016


Good news; you might be one of the lucky folks who got the Daydream View smartphone VR headset from Google shipped to you early. Bad news; you can’t use it yet until Google releases a specific app.

Google Daydream View hands on

According to a new report, many people now have the Daydream View headset, several days before it was supposed to be shipped to them on November 10. However, it appears that the headset won’t actually work until an app called “Google VR Services” is installed on their phone. That’s a problem, because the app has yet to be published in the Google Play Store.

Since the company announced a few days ago that the $79 headset would officially be available Nov. 10 in five countries, we would expect that the Google VR Services app should make its appearance in the Play Store sometime before that date. In the meantime, all those “lucky” Daydream View owners who got it early will just have to wait a little while longer before their new VR experience can begin. We will also point out that for now the headset can only be used by two smartphones: Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL.

Did you get your headset shipped to you early, and if so, are you a little miffed that you can’t use it right away?

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