Google's next step into VR takes what they already have and elegantly extends it.
There's been a lot of talk about what Google's next step in VR was going to be. It was suggested "Android VR" was going to be some kind of standalone, Hololens-esque headset, or something you plugged your phone into to power with its own display. It turns out what Google actually had planned is a lot more in line...
CCP Games has announced plans to release "Gunjack Next", the codename for the sequel to their VR space shooter Gunjack. It will be released as an exclusive to Google's Daydream VR platform later this fall.
YouTube has unveiled the virtual reality version of its app for Google's Daydream VR platform. Announced during the Google I/O 2016 keynote earlier this week, the app provides a more immersive VR experience for YouTube, going beyond just supporting VR videos to offer a brand new interface for the entire app.
Google paves the way for a "Nexus VR" experience.
We already knew Google planned to share reference designs for headsets and controllers as part of its new Daydream VR project. Today we've got confirmation that the company will also build a Daydream headset and controller itself.
Google took some time to talk about virtual reality at Google I/O 2016. The company announced Daydream, its program for building great experience for mobile VR across phones and headsets. While Daydream will include a reference design for a headset and controller, there will be Daydream-ready phones coming from companies like Samsung, HTC, and Xiaomi.
Daydream was pretty quickly glanced over by most people when it was announced as part of the Android 4.2 release, but luckily some developers have started to make apps using the new feature. The latest revision of Jelly Bean just isn't available to that many people and the number and quality of daydream apps reflects that, but luckily there are some gems to be found if you go searching for them...