Google Daydream: A leap forward for VR
Google finally launched its long-awaited VR headset, Daydream View, on Tuesday. The device, which is made of fabric and powered by Google’s newly announced Pixel smartphone, is likely to set a new benchmark for mobile VR.
Google Daydream is no mere copy-cat of the Samsung Gear, which relies on various Samsung Galaxy smartphone for its computing power and display.
Google has opted for a more lightweight material for its VR headset, which is made from soft, breathable fabric, making it 30% lighter than similar devices. This is important for users who want to be truly immersed in the content they are viewing, especially with experiences that run upwards of five minutes or so.
Google Daydream also comes equipped with a detachable controller allowing the user to point and select objects in the virtual world. The device will no doubt double up asjust about any other hand held device, from a magic wand to a tennis racket or gun, for VR games.
From the information released by Google about the Pixel and Daydream View, the package appears to be pitched somewhere between Samsung Gear and the higher-end Oculus and HTC Vive VR devices.
Google first announced the Daydream View at its developer conference in May and has evidently poured a lot of resources into it. The Pixel smartphones have been designed with VR in mind: “Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, Daydream-ready phones are built with high-resolution displays, powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors—all tuned to support great VR experiences,” Google said in a blog post.
More specifically, the phone, which is due to hit shelves in October, will have 4GB of RAM and an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colours and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density).
“Our goal for Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality,” Google stated. “It should be mobile so you can easily carry it with you, and it should be friendly and accessible so everyone can enjoy using it. We’ve been working with developers, smartphone companies and content creators to make the dream a reality.”
Daydream View arrives this November at the Google Store and our retailer partners across five countries:
United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)
Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP)
Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR)
Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)
In the U.S., Daydream View will be available for pre-order starting October 20 at Verizon and the Google Store.