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5M Gear VR headsets in homes, Samsung confirms


More than five million Gear VR headsets are in consumers hands globally, Samsung announced during a CES press conference today. Samsung did not release any app sales figures, but did say that in total, those users have watched more than 10 million hours of video in Gear VR, the Oculus-powered Samsung phone VR headset. Samsung VR is one of the top applications on Gear VR currently and it houses more than 1,200 360 videos for the headsets, according to the company. The mobile headset is currently available at 20,000 retail stores across the U.S., the company added. Samsung did not release any app sales figures. Gear VR is a critical element to virtual reality’s success, according to the company, which spoke to Polygon late last year for a story about mobile VR. "Mobile phones aren’t only...

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When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android? (update)


Super Mario Run is out now in hundreds of countries on iOS devices, which must be very nice for people with iPhones and iPads. Only own an Android phone? You’re out of luck: Nintendo hasn’t said when the game will be out on Android beyond sometime in 2017. We’ve reached out to Nintendo to be just a little more specific about the Android launch window, to which a representative simply told Polygon that “information about that version will be revealed in the future.” Since Super Mario Run made its global debut during a fall Apple event, it’s not surprising that the tech supergiant gets first dibs. Veteran designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained in an interview with Mashable that security was a big reason for the early Apple exclusivity. “The security element is one of the reasons...

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If Werner Herzog made a Neko Atsume documentary


He's a director, and a visionary. On this week's episode of "Whiskers of a Cloud," Werner Herzog sits down with host Yolanda Rollins-Fucche to expose a part of himself: the new documentary Neko Atsume: The Wrath of Tubbs. This cat game, which was released in 2014, became a massive hit. Players were fascinated by collecting these cats, by putting out offerings of food and toys. Herzog explains that he sees Neko Atsume as "a metaphor," saying it is "an image that is dormant within us." The director became fascinated with the brutal, transactional world of Neko Atsume, staying immersed in the game for six months. Stories from the set say that his crew was forced to play the game to the point of madness — their reality ceased to be our own. But the end result is a film so profound that it...

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Google Daydream View VR headset coming next week


Google will release Daydream View, the company’s latest virtual reality headset, on Nov. 10, the company announced today. The headset will be available that day in the Google Store — you can pre-order it now — and at various retailers across five countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Here in the States, it will cost $79 at Verizon stores and Best Buy. (You can see further availability details in Google’s announcement post.) Daydream View, which Google announced just under a month ago, is a smartphone-based VR headset. The device runs on Google’s Daydream platform, which is integrated into Nougat, the latest version of Android. Daydream View currently works with Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, and other compatible devices are coming soon from third-party...

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This isn’t a Pokémon mobile game, but it sure does look like one


Pokémon has long been ripe for reinvention, both by its fans and its developer. A new mobile game dares to overhaul the series once more, albeit with a major caveat: It’s not a Pokémon game at all, it’s just made up to look like one. Hey Monster is such a flagrant, unofficial homage to the venerated franchise that a recent, fan-made YouTube ad for it has been catching Pokémon fans off guard. User Leon Wung’s video is called "pokémon remake," first of all, which adds to any confusion. This is no Pokémon remake at all, however — and it’s not sanctioned by Nintendo to be one. Instead, Hey Monster is a mobile role-playing game for iOS and Android that features 3D graphics, more than 2,000 monsters to collect and multiplayer battles. In short, it sounds a lot like a Pokémon game. Its G...

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Oculus removes VR support for Galaxy Note 7 over fears of explosions


Oculus is removing Gear VR support for all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, Facebook announced through emails and on the Oculus website today. The move comes as Samsung continues to investigate reports of the phone exploding or catching fire. “If you have bought content in the Oculus store to use with your Note7 and you’d like to be refunded, Oculus will honor that,” according to the statement sent to owners. “More information about the refund process is forthcoming.” The website listed for how to receive a refund hasn’t yet been updated with those details, but the site does note that the support for the Note 7 has been removed “until further notice.” Earlier today, Samsung announced it was ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide. The news comes after months of reports of, and...

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Pokémon Go is making changes to gym training, capture bonuses


Pokémon Go players will soon get more out of going to the gym. An update coming to the mobile game will let trainers take up to six Pokémon — not just one — to a team-controlled gym to battle it out against other Pokémon. The update will also temporarily adjust the CP of Pokémon you’re training against in order to "generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities," Niantic said in a post on the game’s official website. "No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym," Niantic said. "Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!" Another feature coming to Pokémon Go is a new medal system that should aid in the catching of rare Pokémon. Players who earn medals based on...

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