Thursday February 09, 2017

Chrome Now Supports VR on Daydream-Ready Phones

I presume that one day, exploring a website in VR will be totally commonplace, and Google is spearheading that notion today by adding virtual reality support to its Chrome browser. Ideally, you should own a Daydream headset for the best experience, but if you missed out on the Pixel deal like me, you can always try out the bootleg version with your finger or mouse. Wait, what about the Cardboard headset? Support for that is coming next.

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Google today is announcing that people can now view virtual reality (VR) content in the Chrome app on Daydream-ready Android devices such as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is the first time such capability is becoming a part of a stable build of Chrome. This type of VR experience will work now on Google’s Daydream View headset when used with the Pixel phones. But you’ll also be able to explore VR sites even without this sort of equipment. "If you don’t have a headset you can view VR content on any phone or desktop computer and interact using your finger or mouse," Google product manager Megan Lindsay wrote in a blog post.

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