Google will be making a VR headset and controller to compete on their Daydream platform

google_daydream_logoGoogle announced Daydream as a VR platform, and that means they’ve created recommended specifications and hardware for the phones, headsets, and controllers that go along with that. Like with Android, though, Google is planning on making their own headset and controllers to lead the way.

Think of Daydream almost like Android; it’s a platform, complete with its own store and recommended hardware that anyone can build for and take advantage of Google’s backend. But like with Android, Google also makes their own Nexus devices to show off the platform and offer a sort of reference design for other OEMs to follow.

Android N phones will ship a VR mode, but in order to really take advantage of that Google wants a minimum-spec in terms of processor capability, sensors, and other hardware. A “Daydream-ready” device won’t have framerate or resolution issues and will provide a great end-user experience, which should save everyone the (literal) headache of testing out VR on an underpowered device.

To take that a step further, Google’s reference headset and controller are designed for comfort and utility. The controller, for example, offers a motion-sensitive way to interact with VR content. In the demo Google showed for it the controller actually acted pretty similarly to a Nintendo Wii-remote, which is definitely not a bad thing. While we haven’t had a chance to really test one out, the demo video showed it working extremely well.

 

But that’s just the reference design, not Google’s actual design for the headset they’re releasing. There’s no information (yet) on what Google is planning to do, but my bet is on something that really sticks to the reference design. The Android TV Nexus Player, for example, was pretty barebones and offered a bland but functional design that was more or less a reference design for the relatively few Android TV boxes we’ve seen since announcement.

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Virtual reality is going to be a big deal, especially now that Google is fully stepping into the market with something a little more robust than Google Cardboard.

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source: Google Developers


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.