November 6, 2019 update:
  • There's a new open source Cardboard SDK that offers a streamlined API, improved device compatibility, and built-in viewer profile QR code scanning. We recommend that all developers actively building for Google Cardboard migrate to the new Cardboard SDK: iOS, Android NDK, Unity XR Plugin (SDK)
October 15, 2019 update:
  • The Daydream View VR headset is no longer available for purchase. However, you can continue to use the existing Google VR SDK to update and distribute your apps to the Google Play Store, and make them available to users in the Daydream app.

Daydream Renderer demo

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Performance is critical to VR apps but can be especially challenging on mobile GPUs. Many commonly available mobile shaders and per-pixel lighting solutions provide high quality results but perform poorly on mobile VR systems due to extremely high resolutions, rendering multiple views, distortion and general mobile performance issues.

This demo uses Daydream Renderer, a Unity rendering package that includes mobile-optimized custom lighting, shaders, and editing tools, to create a scene that showcases rendering effects that are typically difficult to achieve on mobile hardware.

You can learn more about Daydream Renderer here.

In this scene, we use many of the Daydream Renderer’s features, including per- pixel lighting, tangent-space normal maps, dynamic shadows, realtime specular highlights, and reflections.

Because baked static lighting in Daydream Renderer is vertex-based rather than lightmap based, the resolution of the light baker’s output is dependent on scene vertex density. The assets in the demo have even tessellation that supports fidelity of Daydream Renderer’s lighting features.