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As is often the case with technology, new ways to experience content often leave us looking for ways to repurpose the old. Virtual reality is one of those cases: 360-degree videos are great, but what about those old 2D videos? You watch them in virtual reality on a virtual big screen, of course. This is already available for Daydream users watching YouTube Videos and now HBO has released a Daydream-compatible HBO Go app that offers the same benefit, Android Police reports.
While this makes sense with Daydream and YouTube as both fall under the umbrella of Google and Alphabet, it is a bold step for HBO. This might be the reason why the Daydream-compatible version of the app is currently technically “unreleased” in the Google Play Store, meaning HBO isn’t fully ready to commit to supporting the app.
Many phones these days offer some form of VR, but this app is Daydream-only, meaning a tiny fraction of phones are currently supported: Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, and the Moto Z. Gear VR users will have to look for their entertainment fixes elsewhere, at least for the time being.
This is undeniably cool for those few who happen to own Daydream-compatible devices and subscribe to HBO on cable or satellite, but cord-cutters are currently left out. No Daydream-ready HBO Now app has been released or announced so far, though there is no reason to rule this out in the future.
The app’s unreleased status essentially means it is in beta, so don’t expect a seamless experience and be ready to encounter a bug or two. If this idea has you thinking about hopping on board the VR train and you own a compatible phone, take a look at our review of the Daydream View headset for a better idea of whether it’s for you.
The app can be found on the Google Play Store.