Daydream: Bringing high-quality VR to everyone

[Cross-posted from the global blog]

We love virtual reality. Unlike any other technology or screen, VR can make you feel like you're somewhere else. Without a ticket, you can get front row seats at Coachella and visit a world-renowned museum to see extinct animals come back to life. You can take field trips to almost anywhere and capture vivid moments you can revisit anytime. It’s transporting.

At I/O this May, we announced Daydream, our platform for high-quality mobile VR. 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 been working with developers, smartphone companies and content creators to make the dream a reality — and now, we’re excited to share updates across the three key elements of Daydream: smartphones, headsets and VR experiences.

Pixel, the first Daydream-ready phones
With Daydream, you simply pop a Daydream-ready phone in the headset to start exploring. Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, Daydream-ready phones are built with high-resolution displays, powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors—all tuned to support great VR experiences. Google’s newest Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Daydream-ready phones, and there are a lot more on the way from leading Android smartphone makers.

Daydream View, the first Daydream-ready headset and controller
Today, we’re announcing Daydream View. Designed and developed by Google, it’s the first Daydream-ready headset and controller.

Daydream View is: 
  • Comfortable. Inspired by the clothes we enjoy wearing, the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric and is designed to fit over eyeglasses. 
  • Easy to use. Just drop in your Daydream-ready phone and you’ll be ready to go. The phone and headset have an auto-alignment system so you don’t have to worry about cables or connectors. A big part of what makes Daydream View special is the Daydream controller. This small yet powerful controller lets you interact with the virtual world the same way you do in the real world. It points where you point, and is packed with sensors to understand your movements and gestures. You can swing it like a bat or wave it like a wand. And it’s so precise that you can draw with it. The controller slides right inside the headset when not in use, so you don’t have to worry about losing it in your bag or between couch cushions.
  • Yours. Daydream View is designed with choice in mind. The headset fits phones big or small, so it’ll work with any Daydream-ready phone you choose. And just like your clothes, the headset comes in different colours. Slate will be available first in Australia followed by Snow and Crimson later on — so you can choose the colour that matches your style. 
Incredible experiences 
From the universe of YouTube videos to a magical world where you can cast spells and levitate objects, there is a wide range of experiences coming to Daydream.

The best of Google 
We’ve bought your favourites into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience VR videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2. Use Street View to see curated tours of over 150 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal. You can also search Street View to explore everywhere else. With Play Movies, you can watch shows and films on your own personal big-screen. And Google Photos displays your 360° captures in a whole new way.

Don’t just see the world, experience it.
Swim with a school of dolphins, stand at the edge of a volcano and even visit Pluto. With Daydream View, you can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere. These apps will be coming to Daydream: NYT VR, WSJ VR, Guardian VR.  

Your personal cinema 
You can always get the best seat in the house with Daydream View. Experience sports, live events and more in full 360° panoramic view. Plus, now you can watch top shows and movies, distraction-free, on your own virtual big screen. These apps will be coming to Daydream: Netflix, MLB.  

Get in the game
Go from the sidelines to the center of action. Feel the adrenaline rush as you speed down the racetrack. Bowl a strike with a swing of your arm. Cast a spell with your own magic wand. The Daydream controller transforms with your imagination. These games will be coming to Daydream: Fantastic Beasts, Wonderglade, Mekorama, Gunjack 2, Need for Speed, LEGO BrickHeadz, Action Bowling and dozens more titles.

All of this is just the beginning of our work with Daydream. In the coming months, we’ll be launching with more apps and partners, and over the coming years, we’ll continue our goal of bringing high-quality, mobile VR to everyone. 

Daydream View arrives this November and will be available for $119 RRP at the Google Store and from Telstra and JB Hi-Fi. Sign up on the Google Store to get notified when Daydream View becomes available.