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Weekend Downloads: New on Gear VR and Oculus Rift

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Weekend Downloads is part of our weekly update to bring you the latest additions to the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. We’re kicking off the weekend with a ton of new content to check out. Whether discovering our national parks with President Obama, flying high on a roller coaster ride, experiencing a concert as a rock star or taking a journey back in time, there’s a little something for everyone.

This Week’s New Gear VR and Oculus Rift Content (8/20/16)

GAMES:

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Galaxy Golf ($4.99 – Gear VR / Rift)
Tee off in another dimension with Galaxy Golf! Fusing miniature and traditional golf with a space age twist, you’ll work your way through the whimsical wayward planets and asteroids of faraway fairways.

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Shiny ($3.99 – Gear VR)
Shiny is an audiovisual game experience designed exclusively for virtual reality. Import your own music and play levels, which are generated from the tracks of your favorite songs.

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Pinball FX2 Season One Pack Update ($24.99 – Rift)
On Aug 23, Pinball FX2 added five fan-favorite tables – CastleStorm, Wild Wet Rampage, BioLab, Paranormal and Earth Defense. Each table has been curated by the pinball wizards at Zen Studios and recreated with spectacular effects that you can only experience with the Oculus Rift.

ENTERTAINMENT:

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Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks (FREE – Gear VR)
Embark on a VR journey with President Obama in Yosemite National Park. Take in the president’s remarks as you explore every angle of the incredible surroundings of Yosemite, including El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, and the Merced River.

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Coastiality (FREE – Gear VR)
Want to visit some fun theme parks and ride some great roller coasters from the comfort of your home? With Coastiality, you can! Strap on your Gear VR and go!

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Joan Jett VR (FREE – Gear VR)
Ever want to know what it’s like to be a rock star? Joan Jett VR teleports you onto the stage with Rock and Roll legend Joan Jett. Experience what it’s like to see the crowd from Joan’s perspective and also view the concert only a few inches away from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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Scopic (FREE – Gear VR)
Scopic offers the finest array of high-end, must-see VR documentaries. From the award-winning documentary “Refugees,” to an Hindu pilgrimage of faith, to hanging with Jimmy Nelson in exclusive remote places, Scopic transports you to places you didn’t know existed.

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Teen Wolf (FREE – Gear VR)
Turbo Super Now is the home for a few sci-fi and genre VR, including VR movies, TV shows and even originals. If it’s cool and mind melting, you’ll likely find it here. First up is Teen Wolf VR. The story actually changes based on where you look. You may not notice, but if you look the wrong way… well, let’s just say things do not end your way….

APPS:

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Städel Time Machine (FREE – Gear VR)
What did Frankfurt’s famous Städel Museum and its artwork look like in the nineteenth century? The “Time Machine” transports you to the art museum and how it presented its collection in 1878. Wander through the 3D reconstructions of the collection rooms and find out which of your favorite works were already in the museum back then.

EDUCATIONAL:

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Fearless (FREE – Rift)
Inspired by the well-proven principles of exposure therapy, Fearless is designed to help you overcome your fears. In this early access version, you’ll try to overcome your fear of spiders. NOTE: You can access the first set of levels for free. To complete the spider experience, there is an in-app purchase, which is $9.99 for a limited time.

EARLY ACCESS:

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Worldly Cup VR (FREE – Rift)
Welcome to Worldy Cup VR, a fast-paced, old-school arcade soccer game with power-ups, super shots, team commands, multiplayer for up to 6 players, and a unique retro voxel 3D pixel art visual style. Play in many soccer field scenes including on the moon, mars, an ice field, during a meteor storm and many others.

SAMSUNG VR CONTENT:

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Chasing the Dream (Samsung and USA Basketball) – Episode 2 & Episode 3 “Chasing the Dream” episode two and three debuted this week on Samsung VR. “Chasing the Dream” is the second project in the Beyond the Frame series, spotlighting members of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, including Klay Thompson and Paul George, and providing the players’ perspective in the weeks leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Episode 2: United
All season, these NBA superstars have competed as rivals. Now they must come together as one team and fight for a common goal: to become Olympic champions. Chasing The Dream is an immersive virtual reality experience with Team USA’s biggest men’s basketball stars, as they prepare to go for the gold.

Episode 3: Game Day
You’ve met the team; now get a first-hand experience of what it takes to make it to Rio. Explore unprecedented access to the first USA men’s basketball exhibition, leading up to the 2016 Olympics. Chasing The Dream is an immersive virtual reality experience with Team USA’s biggest stars, as they prepare to go for the gold.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

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

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