In pictures: How Google's Daydream VR apes Oculus' hardware and software design

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

At Google I/O 2016, the company revealed Daydream, an ambitious new virtual reality platform seemingly designed to rip the premium VR experience away from Samsung’s clutches and back into the open Android community.

Daydream will still rely on Android phones slotted into a viewer—like Google Cardboard—but the platform will be powered by Daydream-certified phones, running in GearVR-esque virtual reality headsets based on a Google reference design, with software hooks directly in Android N and apps delivered via the Play Store.

The initial Daydream designs look suspiciously similar to what Oculus already has on the market, however. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Oculus Home software and the Daydream Home software. Even the names match! (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

home

And here’s the Oculus remote next to the Daydream remote.

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Finally, even the basic design of the Daydream reference headset bears a striking resemblance to the Oculus Rift.

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Both the Oculus Rift and Daydream are trying to solve the same problem—making immersive VR as painless as possible for a mass audience. But that’s one hell of a homage. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, I guess.

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