Google Daydream VR Development Tools Come Out of Beta
Developers can now get their hands fully into Google's new Daydream VR platform, now that the SDK kit is out of beta. The kit lets you build VR experiences for Daydream-ready devices such as smartphones and headsets.
The Daydream VR SDK 1.0 now simplifies some common VR development, and the site is packed with documentation, sample apps and tutorials. Daydream supports "integrated asynchronous reprojection, high fidelity spatialized audio and interactions using the Daydream controller," according to Nathan Martz, Google VR product manager.
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The company says the SDK now integrates with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. Google added support for head tracking, deep linking, new rendering optimizations and Android manifest configuration. The platform is baked into Google's mobile operating system, Android 7 Nougat. It will come with a home launcher and a storefront for VR content.
Some app developers have already been at work finding ways to bring popular apps to the platform for launch. So far, the list includes CNN, NYTimes, MLB, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, as well as some games from Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.
Daydream was first unveiled at Google I/O, when Google announced it would be making its own virtual reality headset. The first Daydream-ready phones include the Google Pixel and Moto Z. At CES 2017 that lineup expanded to include the Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Asus Zenfone AR and the ZTE Axon 7. The Daydream Access Program (DAP) is now easier to join, meaning if you sign up here you'll be able to push apps to Google Play and get updates to developer's tools.