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Google launches WebVR Experiments for Daydream, Cardboard

Google launches WebVR Experiments for Daydream, Cardboard

Google has bought the Virtual Reality (VR) support for to Chrome a year ago which offers fully immersive experience with Chrome, Daydream-ready phone, and Daydream View headset.

Now that WebVR has been brought to Google Chrome on Android devices for both of Google's VR headset options, it will eventually spread to other browsers, operating systems and VR headsets.

Yesterday, Google WebVR on Chrome was announced and now will be supported in Google Cardboard as well. WebVR on Google Chrome is essentially something that websites need to enable to give their users a VR experience without the need to download a special app for the objective.

The apps can be used with Cardboard or a Daydream View and a compatible Android phone, such as a Pixel.

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Google notes that web support on Chrome for the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE is "coming soon". All the source code for each demo is open source too, so if you want to poke around and start building your own WebVR experiment, be Google's guest.

Unfortunately, iPhone Cardboard users are out of luck because Google has yet to make WebVR compatible with iOS. Showcasing "cross-device co-presence in VR" was the goal of that experiment, according to Google. Not everyone can afford a high-end PC, VR HMD, and all the other equipment needed to experience VR; Google Cardboard lets you see what all the fuss is about without breaking the bank on a full setup.

With the expansion of WebVR, Google looks to be really pushing the scope of its VR tech and API to further appeal to developers looking to expand their software and app creation to embrace virtual environments, experiences and interactions.

Right now, if you want to try VR, you nearly always have to go to a store and download an app.

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