Today at its I/O developers' conference, Google announced Daydream, a new platform for mobile virtuality reality.
Daydream, which will run on Android, will work on smartphones. A variety of phones from major manufacturers will have Daydream-compatible specs by this fall.
Google VP of virtual reality Clay Bavor boasted of Daydream's extremely low latency — under 20 milliseconds — a number that elicited gasps from people in the crowd at the Shoreline Amphitheater.
The company showed off a reference design for a Daydream headset, which is not a finished product, into which users would slot their smartphone.
Google also showed off a controller for Daydream: a small, two-button biscuit that features orientation sensors that have become fairly standard in game controllers.
"Developers we shared it with absolutely love it," said Bavor.
Daydream will support a suite of video streaming and news apps, including apps from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Major League Baseball, and the New York Times.
Daydream will launch this fall.
Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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