VR Update: Google’s Daydream View Vows To Be The Best Mobile Headset Ever

Google DayDream View

Described as cutting-edge and an incredible piece of the VR puzzle, Google’s Daydream View is eager to surpass the mixed-reality efforts of others.

Daydream View is a virtual reality headset that’s made available on Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform, powered by any Daydream-ready phone (Pixel, Moto Z, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7, Galaxy S8, and ZenFone AR). The easy-to-sport headset is partnered with a sleek controller that’s designed with both gamers and non-gamers in mind.

According to Google, The inspiration for the wearable design is casual wear. Dressed in breathable fabric, the headset is meant to convey effortless style and comfort. In its many colors (slate, snow, and crimson), the visual set is lightweight, breathable, and the face pad is hand-washable. The device also fits over most eyeglasses.

The controller paired with the headset is imbued with functionality and intuitiveness. It’s been described as a “magic wand, and it aids with seamless interaction in the virtual world, with the same ease one might interact with tangible items in the real world. There are numerous smart sensors installed in the remote, which allows it to track motion and movements. Volume control also sits at the user’s’ fingertips, helping them to experience more at their own measurement.

Google Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, a revision to the standard, allows for users to share what they’re viewing with others, which is made possible by Google’s Chromecast technology. Chromecast or Cast-enabled television can capture and showcase the virtual experience, which can typically be a lonely one. Socializing the virtual experience allows spectators to react to breathtaking graphics and immersive images. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, headsets that are far more expensive, permit this type of sharing with the use of cords connecting to televisions. However, the Google device doesn’t ask that you use cords.

The virtual platform, which is “baked” into a number of recently fashioned Androids, supports the remarkable headset, which is functionally different from Samsung’s Gear VR, thanks to its comfortable frame and its remote/touch pad. It’s these additional features that promise uninterrupted navigation. Daydream View normally costs $79 and it began shipping in early November 2016. Google Daydream 2.0 Euphrates was announced in early 2017.

Google recently acquired Owlchemy Labs, the creator of numerous virtual reality apps, namely Tiltbrush, Google Earth and Job Simulator. While these apps don’t presently work with the Daydream device, they do work with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, this will likely change in the near future.