Google will sell its own Daydream VR hardware


Google shared its vision for the future of smartphone-based virtual reality at Google I/O yesterday, announcing the Daydream platform. Instead of just tacking a VR viewer onto an existing smartphone like Cardboard does, Daydream is an expansive effort to combine new phone hardware, platform-level optimizations, low-latency controllers, and the next generation of viewing hardware to deliver a VR experience that feels like less of a science project and more of a polished commercial effort. Today Google's expanding on its plans for Daydream and its role in delivering Daydream hardware.

Yesterday Google announced a number of phone manufacturers who would release Daydream-compatible handsets, as well as explained that it would create a reference design for the Daydream headset that could work with any of those models.

Looking at those comments, it was easy to come away with the sense that Google wanted to be pretty hands-off when it came to Daydream hardware, letting other companies build products based around Google's designs.

But today Google's clarifying that while yes, it is producing reference designs of both the Daydream headset and controller for other manufacturers to adapt, Google itself will also be building a headset and controller of its own.

We haven't heard any more about an ETA, but Google previously said “fall,” and a statement from an early Daydream dev has attempted to narrow that down further to sometime in November. As of yet, there's no info available on pricing.



source: Google via Android Central

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8 Comments

1. Pigaro

Posts: 90; Member since: May 15, 2016

Google is everywhere now, instead of selling. just buy Microsoft because they are late.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Google can't afford the platform from which they were born...

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

MIcrosoft is still bigger and more profitable than Google. Google is the poorer cousin if you want to compare finances success.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

That means it'll be out of stock in a store near you!

4. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

This is where HTC's two years Nexus deal fall in place. With their experience with Vive, HTC would create a perfectly comfortable VR handset and it's enclosure for Google. No point in buying an Oculus or Rift right now, isn't it?

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oculus and Rift are too expensive for the screen they are giving us. We need 4K or higher screen resolution for optimal VR experience, Using a mobile phone as screen allow us to upgrade our VR experience more easily and rapidly.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

More or less yep VR is still in very earlier days, only invest if you have spare cash The next gen Oculus, Vive, PS5 VR, Daydeams, ... will be far better e.g. cheaper, better resolution screens, optics, tracking, more content, higher dynamic range, faster refresh rates, ... I'm hoping Google, HTC and Valve will all work together e.g. Valve allowing streaming Steam games to Daydream Google allowing the Vive to use Project Tango tracking (and Daydream)

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Is that thing supposed to look like a sanitary pad?

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