Excited about VR for Android? We are too, but we’ve also got some bad news: your current phone probably won’t support it.
Speaking to Road to VR, Google’s VR boss Clay Bayvor says we’ll all need an upgrade:
I can tell you that there will most likely not be any ‘retroactively’ Daydream-ready phones. We want to hold a very high quality bar, and for that to happen all the components need to be just right. So, to VR fans, I would say, hold off for a few months to get your next phone and get a Daydream-ready phone.
ZTE recently announced a Daydream-compatible phone, so it may not take as long as Bayvor imagines. Some speculate that his commentary suggests the next Nexus phone will be Daydream ready, but also… of course it will.
The real issue isn’t so much screen or processor power as it is sensors, which most existing smartphones just don’t have. Daydream phones aren’t lightweights, either, so we can expect most major OEMs to make their flagship devices VR-ready — and expensive.