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Should Samsung Galaxy S8 owners buy a Gear VR or Google Daydream?
This week, Google announced a major expansion of its Daydream virtual reality platform. Daydream, currently only available on niche Android phones, is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this summer. That means that millions of smartphone owners will soon have two huge tech companies trying to sell them VR headsets.
Google is offering the $79 Daydream View, which you'll need to launch Daydream apps on your phone. Samsung sells the $129 Gear VR, which lets you access Oculus Home, a platform created by Facebook-owned VR company Oculus. Both headsets work the same way: after you clip a phone into the headset, you can interact with VR experiences using a small handheld remote. But they look and feel very different, and each has a completely separate app ecosystem.
Unlike picking between two expensive desktop headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, buying a mobile headset isn't a huge investment — most of the cost is in the phone itself. Retailers and manufacturers also love offering VR headsets as sweeteners, so you may end up getting one (or maybe both) for free.
But if you're going to buy a Gear VR or Daydream View, which one is a better use of your money? We're here to answer that question.