Google Daydream – A New Virtual Reality Headset, Phone and Leap into VR
This month is an important one for all things VR. Google JUST announced its major leap forward into the world of Virtual Reality, unveiling a line of brand new smartphones along with a VR headset to coincide with the launch of it’s Google Daydream VR platform. Next week, SpaceoutVR will be sponsoring a Hackathon at MIT which is focused around the Google Daydream platform. Ahead of this event we take a look at some of the new gear Google announced and what may be interesting for the advancement of the greater Virtual Reality space.
Google’s new phones, Pixel and Pixel XL, are interesting for a number of reasons. The processing power of these Pixel phones may run Virtual Reality applications more seamlessly and for longer due to better battery life. In addition, Google Daydream VR’s primary operating system is at the core of this device, instantly adding to the potential for Virtual Reality apps to be more integrated. It also may greatly improve the user experience of our Spaceout.VR app (available for Android and iOS).
When it comes to the headset which is called “Daydream View”, there are a number of interesting things to talk about there as well. First, Daydream View is at a price point of $79 which will really help bring mobile Virtual Reality to the masses. It is also a huge upgrade from the initial cardboard SDK and really gives Samsung Gear some serious competition. This is especially true because this HMD (head mounted display) comes paired with a controller that lets you interact with the virtual world the same way you do in the real world.
It is packed with sensors to understand your movements and gestures. “You can swing it like a bat or wave it like a wand,” according to Google. It is also so precise that you can draw with it. Finally, it stores inside Daydream View when not in use.
Here is what Google has to say about these new initiatives and Daydream VR platform:
“Our goal for Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality. It should be mobile so you can easily carry it with you, and it should be friendly and accessible so everyone can enjoy using it.
We’ve brought some of the most popular Google apps into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience immersive videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2. Use Google Street View to see curated tours of more than 100 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal, or just search to explore everywhere else. Google Play Movies makes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available in your own virtual theater. And Google Photos displays your 360° captures in a whole new way.
Explore new worlds. Teleport from anywhere to pretty much everywhere with immersive stories and content from our partners, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” as brought to life by Warner Bros.
Kick back in your own personal cinema. Experience sports, live events and more with MLB and NBA. Plus, you can watch top shows and movies on your own virtual big screen with Hulu, HBO and Netflix.
Get in the game. Go from the sidelines to the center of action with dozens of titles, including Wonderglade, Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby and Hungry Shark World.”
If you enjoy mobile gaming and entertainment experiences, be sure to check out our free app, Spaceout.VR, available now on Google Play store for Android, iOS and now Google Pixel and Pixel XL.