Nov 10th, 2016

Daydream VR turns your phone into a virtual theater, but the “performance” is fully dependent on what’s on the stage, and with VR headsets it’s all about the apps . Thankfully, there is a decent selection of apps for the Daydream View available at launch. YouTube and Street View are two that will keep people interested for the long haul. More will be coming before the end of this year. Here are the best you can expect to start with.

YouTube

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Watch like never before, and experience the videos you know and love as well as new immersive 360-degree content for virtual reality. The YouTube app for Daydream is a much more fully fleshed out experience than you’ve seen in Google Cardboard. [Free]


Street View

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Visit over 70 countries and experience 150 handcrafted tours of the world’s most amazing places. Use the remote to move along streets and travel the world from the comfort of your own home. [Free]


Play Movies

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Your personal cinema with thousands of popular movies and TV shows to choose from. The movies are presented on a big screen so you feel like you’re watching in a unique environment, not just the living room couch. [Free]


Google Photos

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Relive memories by stepping inside your VR photos and panoramas. The best way to experience the photos in VR is to use the Google Camera or Cardboard Camera apps for capture, then you’ll be able to see VR photos and panoramas you’ve taken in Google Photos in VR. [Free]


Google Arts & Culture

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View artworks curated by museums from around the world, zoom-in to see extraordinary detail, and listen to audio guides of masterpieces. [Free]


Star Chart VR

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You’ll explore the solar system in a beautiful and accurate real-time space simulation, from the Sun to the smallest moons of Saturn and out to the coldest, darkest, farthest reaches of Pluto. Use your remote to fling yourself through the galaxy. [$4.99 USD]


18 Daydream View Apps Coming Soon

The six apps above are a good place to start, but soon there will be plenty more to choose from. Google will be adding at least 18 more Daydream apps by the end of this year.

  1. BBC
  2. CNN VR
  3. Fantastic Beasts
  4. Hello Mars (UCCVR)
  5. IdeaSpace (Wayfair)
  6. Invasion! (Baobab)
  7. NYT VR
  8. Relax VR (Now Technologies Play Ltd)
  9. The Rose and I (Penrose)
  10. The Turning Forest (BBC )
  11. Underworld (The Guardian)
  12. VRtually There (USA Today)
  13. HBO Go
  14. Hulu VR
  15. Jaunt
  16. NBA
  17. NextVR
  18. Netflix

We anticipate that the Daydream View Netflix app will be among the most popular. What app are you most excited to see on the Daydream View?

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