Google Daydream VR review

BY Bethwel Njore / December 30, 2016
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BY Bethwel Njore / December 30, 2016 / Devices, Reviews

The Gear VR only works with Samsung smartphones, the PlayStation VR works with a PS4 while the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift needs an expensive gaming PC. However, the Google’s Daydream view is the gadget we have been anticipating.

Daydream View is Google’s strongest attempt. The device has already started competing with the likes of HTC and Facebook’s Oculus.

One of the first smartphones to support Daydream View is the Google Pixel phone and other phones other manufacturers are expected to follow suit.

The Daydream’s setup is quite similar to Samsung Gear VR. The only difference between these two is that the Daydream View headset isn’t locked to specific smartphone from a specific manufacturer. Users just need to open the front flap and then insert their Android phone.

Design

According to Clay Bavor, a virtual reality team member, Google looked at the headsets on market and discovered there was an issue with all of them. They don’t offer a really comfortable fit. This contributed greatly to the design of Google’s Daydream View. The end result was a product featuring soft fabrics and 30% lower weight than its competitors.

Display

Sandwiching either a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone between the headset’s lenses and the front flat is greatly secure and simple. However, it is good not note that there is a difference between these two phones as the Pixel is limited to a 1080 Full HD display.

The Google Pixel’s 5-inch screen is good for general use while the Pixel XL’s 5.5-inch display looks better. It still presents a great screen door effect as it is the case in the Google Pixel. The only difference is that the Google Pixel XL’s effect is less exaggerated.

Remote control

The device comes with a remote control in the box. It makes the 360-degree games more impressive and immersive. The remote has two buttons, a clickable top trackpad, and a volume rocker. Moreover, it is motion controlled. This means that everything from racing games to adventure games has you steer characters by tilting the remote. When you are done, the remote tucks away in the VR headset through an internal strap.

Games

The Daydream View needs immersive games. It was launched with a total of 12 games while only a few of them are worth downloading. More games were released in December making a total of 17 games. This new platform excels at mini and puzzle games but needs more immersive 3D titles. The Danger Goat and Mekorama are good examples of creative puzzle games that you navigate a character via spinnable 3D worlds.

Conclusion

With more compatibility and content to come, it is going to be a must-have VR headset for Android owners. If you own a Google Pixel XL or a Pixel smartphone and want to wade in the early Virtual Reality games, Google has made this headset cheap enough to purchase without much debate. The Daydream View is definitely a worthy purchase when you are ready.

Source: Android Authority


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