‘Harry Potter,’ ‘LEGO’ And More Coming Soon to Google’s Daydream View VR Headset

by David Jagneaux • October 4th, 2016

Today at Made by Google, the tech giant made a lot of announcements. A brand new phone named the Pixel, a VR headset called the Daydream View with a motion controller included, and a slew of AI and Google Assistant announcements all topped the list. One thing they didn’t discuss as much during the keynote presentation, however, is the specific lineup of apps that will be coming to Daydream. That’s where a recent blog entry from Google comes in.

In the GIF slideshow below of “Select Daydream Apps,” you’ll see a montage of screenshots related to various Daydream games and applications. Some of the primary ones that are most exciting include a VR experience for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a LEGO game called BrickHeadz, Gunjack 2: End of Shift (previously known as Gunjack Next,) and even a new Ubisoft VR game called Hungry Sharks. We don’t know much about these games yet, but expect to find out more details relatively soon.

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A short snippet of footage was shown for the Harry Potter experience, Gunjack 2 got a small spotlight as well, but then the rest of the show focused on non-gaming content, such as YouTube, and Hulu. The YouTube app will support not only playback for all 360-content on the video sharing site, but will also project all standard videos onto a virtual giant screen. You can even take to the streets in Google Streetview to get an up close tour of the world.

If you’re too lazy to watch the entire GIF slideshow above, you can scope out the full list of featured apps coming soon right here:

  • Danger Goat
  • EarthShape
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Invasion!
  • Lego BrickHeadz
  • Relax VR
  • USA Today
  • Wonderglade
  • Action Bowling
  • Affected
  • Archer E. Bowman
  • Hello Mars
  • Hulu
  • Jaunt
  • Layers of Fear
  • VR Karts
  • The Arcslinger
  • Comisc Chef
  • DRIFT
  • Ubisoft’s Hungry Shark VR
  • Ocean Rift
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Sisters
  • Underworld: Overlord
  • Daydream Blue
  • Hunters Gate
  • Keep Talking and Nodoy Explodes
  • Mekorama
  • FrostBound
  • Gunjack 2: End of Shift
  • Loco Motors
  • NYT VR
  • Idea Space
  • PolyRunner
  • End Space

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Worth noting is that many of those apps, such as Sisters, DRIFT, and VR Karts have popped up on Gear VR and other headsets. It’s reassuring to see Google pad out their content library with existing and proven games rather than simply trying to rely on exclusive content. There is also no official indication that any of the seemingly “exclusive” games such as Gunjack 2, Underworld: Overlord, Wonderglade, or even Harry Potter will remain as exclusives for an extended period of time.

As we find out more information about each of these games and apps, we’ll continue to deliver updates and details.

Update: End Space was added to the list of games coming soon above, as per notice from the game’s creator.

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