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 Controller

The Daydream controller combines a simple, intuitive user interface with 3DoF functionality for expressive design. All Daydream apps require the Daydream controller so as a developer you can design experiences for a standardized input model.

Some common ways the Daydream controller can be used are:

  • Ray-pointer: Interacting with 2D UI in worldspace. For example, choosing files from a 2D file-selector in a media app or selecting icons from a 2D in-app inventory screen.
  • Gesture-based input: Using the controller as a proxy for a physical motion, such as throwing a frisbee or swinging a baseball bat.
  • Movement: Using the controller to allow the user to move around the environment, for example, through the use of teleportation.


The Daydream Controller includes the following features:

Controller feature Description
3DoF tracking See the degrees of freedom page.
  • Can detect touching, swiping and clicking.
  • Fully customizable for your app.
  • Example uses include scrolling through a menu or moving through the environment.
App button
  • Fully customizable for your app.
  • Example uses include opening an in-app menu or performing a special action.
Daydream button
  • Press to open the Daydream Dashboard.
  • Press and hold to recenter your view and controller.
  • Cannot be customized.
Volume buttons
  • Can be used to adjust your app volume.
  • Cannot be customized.
Status light Displays controller status.
Wrist-strap holes Can be used to attach the provided wrist-strap.