tech2 News StaffAug 24, 2016 14:04:58 IST
A report from Bloomberg points out that search giant Google is busy recruiting YouTube stars and other content creators to build an exclusive catalog of material for the launch of its Daydream virtual reality platform. The same source also points out that the virtual reality platform will be launching in "the coming weeks", hinting that the launch is not too far away.
Sources have told Bloomberg that the list includes some big YouTubers (or YouTube celebrities) like Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and is apparently throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars per piece of content, which will be available on various VR content and apps at launch.
But that's just YouTube, as there's a lot more that will be ready for launch day. There will be games and apps built or optimised for Daydream which will be shining examples that Google may showcase during the launch.
Hulu, IMAX, NBA and titles from major gaming companies like Ubisoft have been roped in as well. Shockingly, Google has spend "high six figures" on video games (that should be the focus) and smaller amounts on films. For films, the YouTubers are expected to take advantage of the Jump 360 video platform made by Google.
After moving to the wearables space, with Android Wear, Google's next big bet is on Daydream indeed. With big bucks and major names in the business getting associated with the launch of the VR platform, this will indeed be Google's move into the VR space. Even smartphones manufacturers like Huawei have confirmed that they have readied hardware that will be Daydream capable.
For now, not much is known about Daydream, apart from the demo that was revealed during Google I/O. While it is clear that none of the current batch of flagship smartphones will support Daydream, we do know that the launch of Google's new batch Nexus smartphones (built by HTC) is not too far away. With Android Nougat already rolling out to current Nexus devices, it waits to be seen how the Daydream headsets will work with the small handheld motion controller.
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