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Google's Daydream VR Out Of Beta Stage, May Launch During Pixel Event

By Jiran , Sep 24, 2016 03:52 AM EDT
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Google's Daydream VR platform is now out of its beta stage. The Google VR SDK 1.0 is available on the Daydream developer site. Some are speculating that the Daydream headset may be launched on Oct. 4. It might be unveiled together with the new Pixel smartphones, Pixel tablet and Google Home.

Daydream VR Platform

The updated SDK will allow developers to build immersive and interactive mobile VR applications. Google VR Project Manager Nathan Martz stated in a blog post. The said applications are for Daydream-ready phones and headsets.

Google also stated that it should support integrated asynchronous reprojection, high fidelity spatialized audio and interactions. The support is when the Daydream controller is used. According to Tech Crunch, that includes integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. This will let the developers use the game engines and tools they are already familiar with.

The Daydream platform was first revealed at the recently concluded Google I/O. It will run on Android 7.0 (Nougat). Daydream will bring the user's favorite Android apps to virtual reality. The apps that will be available in its initial launch are Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Imax, MLB, NBA, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Game developers such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts have also committed to the technology.

It will also come with a home launcher and a storefront for VR content. Google also updated their site. It contains full documentation, sample apps and tutorials.

The native integration with Unity enables developers to take full advantage of its optimisations in VR rendering. It has support for features like head tracking, deep linking and easy Android manifest configuration.

The Daydream-ready phones and headset are still not in the market. The said devices won't be available until later this Fall, but Google has addressed this problem. They advised the developers to use the Nexus 6P in the meantime, though the tech giant warned that the phone could run very hot.

Google's Own VR Headset

Earlier this year, Google also announced the creation of its own Daydream VR headset. According to Tech Times, this latest development is fueling speculations. Google may launch the headset along with the highly-anticipated Google Pixel smartphones.

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