Google Daydream Features, News, and All You Need to Know
Google VR’s Clay Bavor stated that HTC is no longer going to release its standalone Daydream headset. It is definitely a setback for this platform, but don’t count them out yet. In addition, the list of Google Daydream-compatible smartphones has increased, including Samsung Galaxy S8 and Moto Z2 Force, so continue reading to discover if your next phone will be VR-ready.
Straight to the Point
- What is it? It is the Google’s high-quality VR platform
- When will it be out? Now
- How much will it cost? About $79
Daydream View Headset
Google has its exclusive headset that you will be able to use with Daydream-enabled phones. It is known as Daydream View and, as opposed to other VR headsets, it has a material design (like the Android OS). There is a fastener on the front to slide the phone in and it comes with a controller.
Last year, Google requested other phone makers to develop their own headsets. At Google IO 2017, it was announced that these makers responded, with notable success from Lenovo and HTC. Hulu, HBO, and Netflix all have their own Daydream-ready apps too, plus The New York Times. Additionally, Google has also produced its own app which is compatible with Daydream platform. This includes Maps, YouTube, Photos, and Movies.
Daydream Goes Independent
During its IO 2017, Google officially announced the wide-spread rumor that it would be releasing standalone Daydream headsets with chosen hardware partners. This means that all you need to experience these headsets are found in one device, no need for PC, Phone, or other cables.
Google has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a pilot design for its headsets. Although the firm doesn’t have much to show or say about the design, it did tease that both Lenovo and HTC are working on exclusive Daydream headsets based on that design.
What is its performance?
Daydream requires at least three pillars to be a viable VR option: top-notch sensors that work with minimal latency to improve the sense of presence, a smartphone that is optimized for VR, with a high-quality SoC (system on chip) to maintain sixty frames-per-second playbacks, and low persistence displays to remove lag and ghosting.
So, what kind of performance can you expect? Google’s latest Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones pack 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and run in a QHD (2K) screen on the XL and in FHD (1080p) screen on the Pixel. You can be assured that these gadgets will push the quality of VR to the maximum.
1. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – These are the latest addition to the Daydream world.
2. ZTE Axon 7 – Axon seems to have a great bleeding-edge display which is required for modern VR technology.
3. Google Pixel and Pixel XL – Of course, Google supports Google.
4. Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force – The amazing Motor Z and the latest series are all supported.
5. Huawei Mate 9 Pro – This phone features a QHD AMOLED screen which makes it a great candidate for this platform.
6. Asus ZenFone AR – This is also another candidate for this platform.
Ensure that your next phone supports Google Daydream to ensure you enjoy this features at the comfort of your house.