Google Daydream, like most virtual reality (VR) formats, is being lead by its videogame experiences. But head-mounted displays (HMDs) can do much more than simply entertain. The launch of the Daydream View has been accompanied by a number of unique and exclusive VR applications, and VRFocus has experienced each one to bring you the details on the best the HMD has to offer.
Perhaps a surprise for some, but not for those already immersed in the world of 360 degree video. YouTube VR is the answer to anyone’s complaints about lack of content in the dawn of modern VR: tens of thousands of 360 degree videos are already available on YouTube, and here on Daydream viewable in VR mode with no additional requirements. Simple and immediate, YouTube VR is the reason to own a Daydream View at present.
Free to download for Google Daydream View (for a limited time, as stated on the Google Play store), Baobab Studios’ Invasion! is an animated short with all the personality of a Pixar Animation Studios feature film. Starring two bumbling aliens and a rabbit – the real hero of the piece – the viewer is transported into a cartoon world where the aggression of your adversaries is lesser than their panic upon realising that you’re not scared by them.
Invasion! has already made it’s way to other VR platforms, such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and comes to Google Daydream View ahead of the launch of Baobab Studios’ second title, Asteroids!.
Google Street View
VR can transport you to another place, and with Google Street View, Daydream View does exactly that. Pick any location on Earth and there’s likely to be at least a handful of 360 degree images already available, showing you streets, venues, tourist attractions and more. Whether it’s a place you love or a place you’ve never been, Google Street View together with Daydream View can take you there.
A Google Daydream exclusive, Fantastic Beasts is based on the hugely popular franchise, J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Users are invited into Newt Scamander’s case to explore the world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this new VR experience. Meets the beasts, conjure spells and become immersed in the fantasy world ahead of the film’s launch later this month.