It’s been a while since Google I/O where the tech giant announced the Daydream, their new entry into the mid-tier VR headset marketplace, but it’ finally here. At $79, it’s directly competing with Samsung’s Gear VR headset but is still much more affordable than high-end VR headsets like the Occulus Rift and HTC Vive.
Like the Gear VR, only a handful of phones are currently compatible with the Daydream. As of this writing, only Google’s new flagship phone, the Pixel, and the Moto Z are Daydream ready. Google says they have plans to make the Daydream compatible with the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR on the horizon. The Daydream has an adjustable phone dock, so in theory, any phone that can run Android 7.0 Nougat should eventually be able to be used with the Daydream; however, other mitigating factors are things like sensor sensitivity and graphic output, that might keep your current phone from providing a great VR experience.
From an aesthetics point of view, the Google Daydream is a dream. It answers the cyberpunk future aesthetic of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with a soft, heathered, cloth case. The soft, molded foam face mask makes wearing the Daydream feel incredibly natural. It is also ultra-lightweight, weighing in at 220 grams, roughly 100 grams lighter than the Samsung Gear VR.
Conclusion: Like most of Google’s forays into the consumer electronics scene, the Google Daydream seems very strong at first blush. The way the company builds on their VR headset in the future will dictate the Daydream’s place in the VR headset marketplace going forward.
Added on: 2017-01-12 14:43:55