Back when Google launched its first VR platform, the Google Cardboard, a lot of people were enthralled by their profound experience of virtual reality, paving the way to a new era of modern technology. But after the release of Facebook's Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR that provided users with a more detailed interface through the use of smartphones, it seemed that Google has to step up their game in order to keep up with the competition - in which they did with great style and fashion.
Introducing Google Daydream View, the coziest VR headset today.
A First Look at Google Daydream View
During the Google Pixel event last Tuesday, Daydream View was unveiled together with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the first smartphones compatible for the new VR platform. Think of it as an evolved form of the Cardboard, taking all its designs to a whole new level.
But how does Google Daydream View vary from the other VR headsets? Well, Google has an answer for that: aesthetics.
Daydream View Design
Google has focused more on the simplicity and aesthetics in their new VR platform, taking into account the convenience and portability of the new headset. The Daydream View is coated in light fabric making it comfortable to the feel and more relaxing to wear. It's also smaller and lighter than the Gear VR yet still offers almost the same space for those with glasses. Google was able to achieve this by making the external padding a little open on the sides, unlike the Gear VR that's totally sealed around your face. But this also comes with a downside as light may enter the headset from the rear, making the Daydream VR experience a little less 'immersive' than that of Gear VR.
Aside from the fabric coating, the NFC connection needed to launch Daydream Home is wireless (Bluetooth), unlike that of Gear VR which requires you to connect a cable to its USB port in order to launch the system.
Lastly, Google has decided to use a single elastic strap when securing the Daydream View headset in your head, making it a lot more convenient to tighten or loosen when fitting.
Daydream View Software
The Daydream, much like the Oculus Home, has its own dedicated menu - a virtual world that lets you enjoy just by simply hovering around. It was also revealed that Hulu, Netflix and HBO will launch exclusive games and apps for the platform by the end of the year. Aside from that, Google announced that over 50 partners have already pledged to support the device and there are some third-party offerings from the Google Play Store which will also take part in their support of the platform, which could mean that by the Q1 of 2017, Daydream Home will be sitting about a quarter of the Oculus Home offerings.
What do you think about Google Daydream View VR headset?