Google’s Daydream View VR brings Virtual Reality to the android system not to mention it’s inexpensive.
It was about time Google took the VR tech seriously and with the announcement of Google’s own Mobile-based VR headset, Daydream View, it seems they will give a tough competition to some established players.
Some striking features of Google’s Daydream View
1. Pegged at $79, the Daydream is easily the cheapest headset with a remote among its competitors. The closer competitor being Samsung Gear VR. It is almost $20 cheaper than the Gear VR which beats the cost competition hands-down.
2. The best thing about the Google VR is that it is android based and this will enable it to work with any android phone which supports the Daydream platform (as of now the Daydream VR is only Pixel based). In the near future majority of the phones will have that compatibility. This will be across the brands which will definitely bring in most consumers, unlike the Samsung VR which needs only a Samsung phone. Another good thing is that it will be having Google Play Store which will feature numerous 360-degree content.
3. The look and feel of the VR headset is sleek, smooth and comfortable. It is lightweight (only 0.48 pounds) and users will be able to wear the set for hours without feeling it on your head, unlike the Cardboard which felt heavy within minutes and even Gear VR (0.76 pounds). The soft cloth headset is a relief to the design and even to the user.
4. The Daydream has even eliminated the most tiring job of adjusting a number of cords, ports, and other things before you actually start using it. With the Daydream, you just have to place the phone on the front door, close it and adjust the image till it gets sharp. Once this much is done, you are good to go. This is as easy as it can probably get.
Quality-wise the Daydream is at par with the Gear VR and even a better at times. Like almost every VR set, games look better than the graphic videos. Going by what the future holds for the VR industry, it is better to have some freedom in choosing between the different phones to be used on the Daydream, rather than stick to only a single brand like in Samsung’s case.
More than the headset there has been even more fascination about the remote. Google has differentiated itself with this motion controller which is both compact and at the same time highly responsive.
What is the Catch here?
Unlike its competitors, Google is a new player in VR tech and due to that there just aren’t enough apps on the play store. As of now, there is literally no content available for users. Unless there is enough content people will not buy. This is one area where Gear VR is leaping ahead in the competition.
Another downside is that the platform is unlikely to extend to iOS. So google may actually lose a big smartphone user market.
There are not many thumbs down for Google VR when you look it from the cost to quality perspective and also from the fact that this is Google’s first big step in VR.
While the Daydream may seem a mixed bag of features, it is actually a fairly good option to invest in. The android base and the cost make it a worthy option with the only major drawback being the availability of Daydream Platform supporting phones which are close to none today.