Introducing Google’s VR Platform, Daydream

Google has revealed Daydream, their new VR platform that will be compatible with a variety of smartphones including Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, ZTE, and Asus.

As long as the phones meet a specific set of specs, they will qualify as Daydream Ready. The platform will require a new Wii-like controller designed by Google. At this point it seems Google will manufacture the controller and a simple, affordable headset, while allowing other companies to design their own headsets to house the smartphones — which do all the heavy lifting.

Partners include HBO, MLB, NBA, Netflix, Hulu, Imax, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and other game developers.

Here’s what Google has to say about Daydream, their new VR platform:

On top of Android N, we’ve built a new platform for high quality mobile VR called Daydream. Together with Android manufacturers, we’re working on upcoming phones, and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use. Your favorite apps and games will be coming to Daydream too, including Google’s—like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and the Play Store. More to come this fall.

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