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Google Play is getting a dedicated VR section

Videos, games, photos and Street View will all support Google's new Daydream platform.
Billy Steele, @wmsteele
05.18.16 in AV
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Google is unpacking a lot of virtual reality news at its I/O developer conference today, and to make sure you can discover that content easily, the company is adding a dedicated VR section in the Play Store. That virtual reality hub will serve up immersive mobile games from the likes of EA and Ubisoft, as well as video streaming from Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now, among other services. You'll be able to get news reports from USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN with sports-related stuff from the MLB and NBA. Google's own photos, Play Movies, Street View and YouTube videos will work on the new Daydream VR platform as well.

While we'll have to wait until this fall to hear more about new VR hardware, though Google did show off a reference design for a Daydream-ready headset and wireless controller. The current designs are being shared with phone makers now, so we'll likely see something that works like Samsung's Gear VR in terms of allowing you to slot in your handset to power the system. When the final devices do arrive, though, Google wants to make sure you have plenty of content to entertain yourself, and that you'll know exactly where to find it.

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