Google launches ‘Daydream’ platform to bring a variety of 360 and immersive television content to the market.
May 18, 2016
Google’s New ‘Daydream’ Platform brings an entirely new experience in television to audiences
Thanks to Google, you may soon be able to watch Game of Thrones in an immersive virtual reality headset.
At this year’s Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California, the titular company’s freshly minted VP of Virtual Reality – Clay Bavor – took to the stage to announce a brand new VR platform from the company called Daydream.
Daydream encompasses the full gamut of Google’s modern VR ambitions. It includes optimization updates to the Android operating system, VR headset and controller standards, and a myriad of new, VR ready applications.
While discussing these new applications, Bavor displayed a splash screen to the over 7,000 gathered attendees revealing a list of creative partners that will be working with Google to create this content for Daydream.
This list included several high profile brands that have already made an initial splash onto the VR scene. Netflix, Hulu, and The New York Times have already taken significant steps into the immersive future through their own VR apps and projects.
In addition to these old favorites, Google has also managed to entice several new brands into VR through Daydream with the biggest prize in the pack beingHBO Now.
HBO Now is the cable mainstays answer to the streaming revolution. For a monthly fee you can enjoy any and all of the network’s properties – including the massively popular Game of Thrones – on demand.
However, unlike competitors Netflix and Hulu, HBO Now has yet to take the leap and create a consistent portal for its VR content. Thanks to Google it seems as if that is about to change.
Having HBO Now on DayDream is a savvy move on Google’s part and could even be a coup in the increasingly competitive world of VR content. Time will tell if the streaming service will be brought to other similar platforms – such as Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR mobile headset.
Other notable content partners for Daydream include The NBA, The MLB, and CNN.
Thanks to Google and its new virtual reality platform ‘DayDream’, you may soon be able to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ in an immersive VR headset.