Google Daydream release date, news and features


Update: Interested in the new hotness in mobile VR? Google’s Daydream View is now available, and it’s picking up steam rather quickly.

After just a few, short months of availability on store shelves and at the Google Store , the young platform has added a handful of new apps to keep you entertained, like Netflix VR and HBO Now VR.

Previously, you needed either the Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones to use Daydream View, but now the Moto Z and Moto Z Force support the VR platform. The list of compatible phones is still short, but 2017 has already seen a few models added to the list.

Original article follows below.

Daydream is Google’s latest attempt at bringing VR to mobile devices, and it’s quite different than Google Cardboard, to say the least.

Unlike Google’s somewhat-disposable VR headset, which aimed to get people in the VR door with a low cost and lenient power requirements, Daydream is a more robust vision that has its sight set on providing higher-quality experiences to Android Nougat users.

Google Daydream

Daydream will bring even more exciting and absorbing VR experiences to those who can’t afford a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Google’s next mobile VR platform
  • When is it out? Now
  • What will it cost? $79 (£69, about AU$104)

Daydream View headset

Want to get started with Daydream? Google has its own headset that you’ll be able to use with Daydream-ready phones. It’s called Daydream View and unlike other VR headsets we’ve seen before it has a material design…just like its operating system. There’s a latch on the front to slide your phone in and the controller for the headset is included.

DayDream View

Thankfully, Google hasn’t locked down control of the Daydream formula, and is inviting other OEMs to create their own Daydream headsets. Huawei has stepped up first by announcing that its Huawei VR headset will support the Huawei Mate 9 Pro, which was added recently to the list of Daydream-ready phones.

Google Daydream release date

Google Daydream is baked into the OS on the Pixel, Pixel XL, as well as a few of the latest Moto Z devices.

Google has also confirmed Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and ZTE will produce phones that are “Daydream ready.” Huawei also confirmed it would be making Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers.

The ZTE Axon 7 is the first smartphone announced to be Google Daydream-compatible along with its very-own VR headset, the ZTE VR. It just needs Android Nougat and Google’s necessary VR maintenance software update to pull it off, which will come in the Android Nougat 7.1 update. Funny enough, we’re still waiting on this update to land for ZTE’s recent device.

What can it do?

Google Daydream will run apps and games downloaded from the Play Store making it easy to find experiences to use on your headset. According to Google, by the end of 2016 there will be over 50 apps and games available on the platform.

That includes a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them tie-in experience as well as an app called Star Chart that allows you to explore the solar system as you look around. Google also showed off a shooter game from the makers of EVE called GunJack 2.

Google Daydream

Netflix, HBO and Hulu will all have Daydream ready apps in the coming months, plus The New York Times will launch an app too for its VR videos.

Plus, Google will also make its own apps compatible with the Daydream platform. It’s including Play Movies, Photos, Maps and YouTube when the platform launches.

Unity and Epic also announced development support for Daydream on the gaming side of things. Here’s some early footage of a Daydream prototype developed my Epic.