VR Update: Google’s Daydream View Receives Upgrade

Google DayDream ViewDescribed as cutting-edge and an incredible addition to the VR puzzle, Google’s Daydream View is eager to surpass other’s mixed-reality efforts. The arrival of the Google Daydream 2.0 Euphrates may help them to do just that.

Daydream View is a virtual reality headset made available on Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform, and it’s powered by any Daydream-ready phone (Pixel, Moto Z, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7, Galaxy S8, and ZenFone AR). The virtual platform, which is “baked” into some recently fashioned Androids, supports the remarkable headset, which functionally differs from Samsung’s Gear VR, thanks to its comfortable frame and its remote/touchpad. The easy-to-sport headset is also partnered with a controller that’s incredibly easy to use.

The inspiration for the wearable design is casual wear. The headset, dressed in breathable fabric, 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 partnered with the headset is imbued with functionality and intuitiveness, and 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 reality. The have smart sensors installed in the remote, tracking motion and movements. Volume control is also at the user’s’ fingertips, helping them to experience more at their measurement. 

Google surpassed their original design with the recent update. Google Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, an update to the standard, allows for users to share what they’re viewing with others, made possible by Google’s Chromecast technology. Chromecast or a Cast-enabled television captures and showcases the virtual experience, which can typically be a lonely one. The socializing virtual reality for users allows for others to react to breathtaking graphics. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, headsets that are far more expensive, permit this sharing with the use of cords connecting to televisions. Google doesn’t ask that you use wires.

It’s these additional features that promise uninterrupted navigation. Daydream View costs $79 and began shipping at the beginning of November 2016. Google Daydream 2.0 Euphrates was announced in early 2017.

Additionally, Google recently acquired Owlchemy Labs, the creator of numerous virtual reality apps, namely Tilt brush, Google Earth and Job Simulator. While these apps don’t presently work with Daydream but work with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, this will likely change shortly.