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HBO NOW Launches on Google Daydream VR; Netflix Coming This Month

New colors and more VR apps come to Daydream.

Google’s Daydream VR is getting even better today with the launch of seven new apps and the release of two new colors for the Daydream View headset. Powered by the Google Pixel phone (the first Daydream ready phone), Daydream View is the tech giant’s solution to bringing VR to mass consumers with a more comfortable and simple mobile VR system — all for the price of $79.

Bringing Google closer to the 50 apps that were promised to drop by the end of the year, the new additions include video streaming apps from HBO and Next VR, as well as the games Gunjack 2, LEGO BrickHeadz Builder, Layers of Fear, Wands, and Underworld Overlord.

In addition to the seven new apps, Google announced that for a limited time you can pick two new colors for the Daydream View headset – Crimson and Snow are now available online in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

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Here are the latest additions to Daydream VR:

HBO NOW and HBO GO: Enjoy every episode of every season of original series such as Game of Thrones and Westworld, plus iconic favorites such as The Sopranos and The Wire on a virtual big screen with your HBO subscription. We are stuck with watching 2D content for now, but hopefully this gets us one step closer to getting served VR content from HBO in the future. (FREE)

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NextVR: Be courtside, behind the goal or center stage. From NBA and NFL games and the US Open, to the Daytona 500 and Live Nation concerts, experience your favorite events live or revisit them through highlights. (FREE)

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Gunjack 2: End of Shift: Immerse yourself in an epic sci-fi space shooter set in a cinematic VR world. As a turret operator charged with destroying waves of attackers, you stand united with your crew mates in the defense of the rig. ($12.99)

LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR: Design your own LEGO BrickHeadz characters and bring them to life. Unlock new characters and items with special combinations, and enjoy free play with virtual LEGO bricks. (FREE)

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Layers of Fear: Solitude: Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter by exploring his Victorian-era mansion where visions, fears, and horror awaits. ($9.99)

Wands: Take on the role as a mysterious Wielder in an alternate 1880’s London. Equip your wand with a wide variety of spells and battle other Wielders for fame, power and glory. ($5.99)

Underworld Overlord: Be the bad guy and defend your dungeon realm from an onslaught of so-called “heroes” who attempt to rob your treasures and slay your precious monsters. Direct your monsters into the fray, place deadly traps and defenses, and cast spells that help or hinder. ($7.99)

Coming This Month

Google also announced that these new popular titles will be coming to Daydream later this month.

Netflix: Experience thousands of TV episodes and movies—including award-winning Netflix original series, movies, and documentaries—anytime, anywhere with your Netflix subscription.

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Need for Speed No Limits VR: The first Need for Speed title in virtual reality, feel the ultimate thrill as you strap into the driver’s seat and launch yourself into an unparalleled, visceral ride. Choose your car, choose your track, and enter a new realm of white-knuckle racing reality.

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The only Daydream phones available at the moment are Google’s Pixel phones as well as the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, but more Daydream-compatible phones are also expected to arrive in 2017. Which means there should be plenty of time to get a Daydream-ready phone in time for Season 2 of Westworld.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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