The latest Samsung Galaxy models, S8 and S8+, will become compatible with Google’s mobile virtual reality platform through an update that will arrive this summer.
Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual reality Google, has confirmed the support of Daydream for the latest Samsung flagship models. From this summer users of Galaxy S8 and S8+ they will be able to choose between two mobile virtual reality platforms: The already known from Oculus with Gear VR, and Daydream from Google that will come through a software update. Daydream currently features the compatible View viewer which also comes with a one-handed controller. In addition to those of Samsung, the new phone that will launch LG by the end of the year it will also be compatible. So the catalog of confirmed compatible phones will amount to a total of six this year.
This compatibility with Daydream raises several questions: Will the Gear VR viewer be compatible with the Google platform? And will Google’s View be with Oculus’?
The answer to these questions will tell us if a user interested in both will have to have both viewers to enjoy one or the other, or if buying the one you consider best will have enough to enjoy both. As is often the case with platforms, there are usually exclusive titles that users might want to play, since they have the opportunity to opt for both with the same phone. This case could be seen in a similar way to the PC with Rift and Vive.
We will soon have more details about the previous issues and the arrival date of the update.