Google Daydream View Virtual Reality Headset Review 

January 17, 2018
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Google Daydream View Virtual Reality Headset Review

The Google Daydream View VR headset is probably one of the most comfortable, easiest to use entry-level virtual reality headsets available.

This model came out just last year as an updated version of the original Daydream. This updated version features a sleeker design that’s covered in a soft fabric for improved user comfort. It’s now available in four colors including coral, light gray, snow, and charcoal gray.

The New and Improved Daydream

On the inside, the headset features a washable liner that’s made out of a soft foam material, adding much-needed padding around the eye area.

This updated version also comes with a removable strap placed over the head in addition to the traditional adjustable strap that wraps around the head. The addition of a second strap is designed to reduce the amount of weight the goggles place on the face.

To use this headset, you’ll still need a Daydream-ready phone, such as the Galaxy 8.

We found that this headset was much easier to use compared to the Samsung Gear VR Headset. The Daydream features a sensor located in the front flap which automatically detects the presence of a phone, lining it up perfectly with the headset’s display for optimal viewing. To secure the phone the headset uses a type of rubber strap.

The visor found on the original Daydream version had a small divot located on the inside of the headset which was used to hold the remote, but this newer version lacks that handy feature. Instead, the visor is now equipped with some much-needed vents designed to prevent the lenses from fogging up during use. With the original Daydream, many gamers had complaints regarding how hot it would become inside the headset, so these vents should make a world of difference. The vents also work to keep the smartphone cool during use, which was another complaint with the old model.

The Daydream also comes with a handheld controller that’s used to control the volume and direct the action on the screen. Beginners can take advantage of a short on-screen tutorial which discusses how to work the controller and headset.

Those new to virtual reality will love the Daydream’s versatility and will have more than two hundred apps and games to choose from. Or, users can also watch Netflix in their own private theater, or they can check out 360-degree YouTube videos.

Setup and Use

Setting the headset up is incredibly easy. There’s no slot to deal with or cables to connect. All you have to do is unclip the front panel on the headset and slide the phone on in, the headset will worry about properly aligning the screens.

This headset connects via NFC, which has a reputation for working consistently. However, before you go ahead and launch your headset, make sure you download the required Daydream app.

Initially, with the first model of the Daydream, for many, the biggest drawback was the lack of phones it was compatible with. Basically, it only worked well with the first Pixel devices. But just a year later, the second version of the Daydream operates very differently and it’s compatible with a variety of phones.

Headset requirements include Bluetooth, and a screen size ranging between four and six inches. You’ll also need a resolution minimum of 1080p at 60 Hz.

Remember, when you’re using your phone for normal internet browsing or app usage image clarity or the screen door effect really isn’t an issue, but it’s definitely apparent when you use your smartphone with virtual reality. This happens with every mobile virtual reality headset and it’s just something you should be aware of before you buy. At times the details can be jagged and the pixels are easy to spot, which can leave the content with a very cartoony look that’s meant to combat this type of issue. If you’re using the headset with a 1080p screen, then you’ll probably notice this issue even more. This problem is the most noticeable with video content and the problem only becomes more apparent if the quality of the content is very good. In apps this issue isn’t a problem.

For this version of the Daydream, the biggest upgrade is the lenses. This headset now uses Fresnel lenses that offer wider viewing angles. They’re actually very similar to the lenses in the Gear VR.

Fortunately, with an upgrade, it also means that latency is no longer an issue. The movements the gamer makes with the controller or with their head are immediately replicated onscreen, which is pretty impressive. The smooth frame rate combined with the low latency is what makes this headset so incredibly comfortable to use. VR sickness or headaches will not be an issue.

Pros

  • One of the best VR headsets for mobile gameplay.
  • This headset features hundreds of titles to choose from, including popular apps such as YouTube and Netflix.
  • Affordably priced.
  • Compatible with a wide range of Samsung, Pixel, and Motorola phones.

Cons

The Daydream is not compatible with iOS devices.

If you’re purchasing this headset expecting a VR experience like what you’ll get from the PlayStation 4 VR headset, then you’re likely to be disappointed.

We’ve noticed that with the changes in the width of the lenses, the image clarity can be fuzzy at times, however, we prefer the wider lenses to a crisper image during gameplay and feel that it’s a fair tradeoff.

The Google Daydream View VR headset is probably one of the most comfortable, easiest to use entry-level virtual reality headsets available. This model came out just last year as an updated version of the original Daydream. This updated version features a sleeker design that’s covered in a soft fabric for improved user comfort. It’s now available in four colors including coral, light gray, snow, and charcoal gray. The New and Improved Daydream On the inside, the headset features a washable liner that’s made out of a soft foam material, adding much-needed padding around the eye area. This updated version also comes with a removable strap placed over the head in addition to the traditional adjustable strap that wraps around the head. The addition of a second strap is designed to reduce the amount of weight the goggles place on the face. To use this headset, you’ll still need a Daydream-ready phone, such as the Galaxy 8. We found that this headset was much easier to use compared to the Samsung Gear VR Headset. The Daydream features a sensor located in the front flap which automatically detects the presence of a phone, lining it up perfectly with the headset’s display for optimal viewing. To secure the phone the headset uses a type of rubber strap. The visor found on the original Daydream version had a small divot located on the inside of the headset which was used to hold the remote, but this newer version lacks that handy feature. Instead, the visor is now equipped with some much-needed vents designed to prevent the lenses from fogging up during use. With the original Daydream, many gamers had complaints regarding how hot it would become inside the headset, so these vents should make a world of difference. The vents also work to keep the smartphone cool during use, which was another complaint with the old model. The Daydream also comes with a handheld controller that’s used to control the volume and direct the action on the screen. Beginners can take advantage of a short on-screen tutorial which discusses how to work the controller and headset. Those new to virtual reality will love the Daydream’s versatility and will have more than two hundred apps and games to choose from. Or, users can also watch Netflix in their own private theater, or they can check out 360-degree YouTube videos. Setup and Use Setting the headset up is incredibly easy. There’s no slot to deal with or cables to connect. All you have to do is unclip the front panel on the headset and slide the phone on in, the headset will worry about properly aligning the screens. This headset connects via NFC, which has a reputation for working consistently. However, before you go ahead and launch your headset, make sure you download the required Daydream app. Initially, with the first model of the Daydream, for many, the biggest drawback was the lack of phones it was compatible with. Basically, it only worked well…

9.2

Conclusion & Rating

With a more comfortable, highly breathable design, more intuitive controls, and wider lenses, this upgraded version of the Daydream gives newbies and seasoned VR players every reason to run out and buy this headset ASAP. We love how easy it is to use and set up, not to mention the huge selection of games and apps to choose from. We gave this headset a rating of four and a half out of five stars.

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