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Google Confirms First-Party Production for Daydream HMD

Yesterday VRFocus reported on Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google saying that the company had made a ‘reference design’ for the Google Daydream head-mounted display (HMD). Today he took to the stage again to reveal further details as well as confirming the company would also make a version of the system.

The company is taking a similar approach to Google Daydream as it did with Cardboard by allowing multiple companies to produced headsets from a universal design. Whether they can take their own direction in terms of aesthetics is unclear, but the method will allow a broad market appeal.

Daydream HMD

Bavor commented on stage: “It’s exciting to think about where we’ll be in the near future with Daydream. By the end of this year there will be multiple Daydream Ready phones out on the market – and I hope your next phone is one of them. The first Daydream Ready headsets and controllers will be rolling out from the reference design; and by the way it’s not just going to be partners building from the reference design. We, Google, are also going to build a controller and a headset and make them available.”

Alongside the Google Daydream design, the tech giant is also working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components (specific sensors and screens) to their upcoming devices making them Daydream-ready. Manufacturers announced so far include: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm and Imagination Technologies.

While a release date has only been stipulated as ‘Fall 2016’ at the conference, VRFocus learnt yesterday that the launch will be taking place in November 2016, from a press release issued by one of the developers working on Google Daydream, but no actual day was revealed.

VRFocus will keep you up to date on the latest information from Google I/O as the conference continues.