Now that some pre-ordered Galaxy Note8 units have already started shipping, you may be wondering about the state of Daydream VR support on the new phablet. And you’d be right to wonder, for despite having all the necessary hardware for use with Google’s VR platform, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ weren’t actually compatible at launch. Instead, their owners had to wait a pretty long time for Daydream support to finally land on the S8 and S8+, and this only happened last month.
The good news is that Samsung has apparently learned from that debacle, and is in fact shipping the Note8 with Daydream VR support from day one. So no software updates necessary – if you want to use Google’s VR platform, you’ll be able to do so from the moment you take your Galaxy Note8 out of the box.
This has been confirmed to Dutch publication NieuweMobiel by a company spokesman, so it’s as official as it can be. As usual with Samsung devices, you get two options for everything. In the case of VR, you can choose between using the company’s own Gear VR, or any Google Daydream compatible headset.