Google’s #madebygoogle press conference today revealed some significant details about the company’s forthcoming plans for virtual reality (VR). Daydream is set to launch later this year, and along with the reveal of the first ‘Daydream Ready’ smartphone handset, Pixel, and Google’s own version of the head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream View, the company revealed some of the partners that will be bringing content to the device.
Netflix, HBO and Hulu are three of the most popular video streaming services available in North America. All three are committed to bringing their content to Google Daydream, with the brief announcement stating that Google had been working to bring their ‘entire libraries’ to VR.
This will no doubt reflect Oculus VR and Samsung’s efforts on Gear VR, for which Netflix launched an application late last year. However, there’s been no suggestion of VR exclusive content. It’s currently expected that Netflix, HBO and Hulu will each launch their own ‘virtual cinema’ style application for Google Daydream, opposed to developing original content for the medium of VR.
Google Daydream will launch this November, priced at $79 USD. There’s currently no information on pricing for the Netflix, HBO or Hulu applications, nor release date and cross-platform subscriptions for existing members. Of course, VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.