Here are five things about the Daydream VR which should excite people who care about virtual reality and its scope in the future.
Daydream VR costs lesser than £100, which makes it many time cheaper than premium headsets like HTV Vive or Oculus Rift. While Daydream cannot hope to compete with them in every respect, it offers a decent enough alternative for VR-starters and those who do not see the need to spend in excess of £1000 to enjoy virtual reality content.
While Daydream VR is compatible only with Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones as of now, the number of devices it will be compatible with will grow as time progresses. Daydream VR will run on Android phones featuring a list of specifications as well as the Android N operating system and Google has announced that phone makers like Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Huawei, Xiaomi, ZTE and Alcatel will manufacture phones later this year which will be capable of supporting Daydream VR.
As per Google, Daydream VR will work with phones with AMOLED screens only which is a wise decision. AMOLED screens have faster response time and lower refresh rates than standalone VR headsets and as such, will negate that blurry feeling which may cause nausea among users. This means you will be able to use Daydream View for long durations and watch a lot of content in one go compared to other headsets.
You will also be able to watch IMAX movies and documentaries via Daydream VR which is a first for virtual reality devices. The software will create a 'virtual IMAX theatre' in smartphones and will let you view original IMAX documentaries in 3D like Titans of the Ice Age, Earthflight, Hidden Universe and Journey to Space. Eventually, a large number of IMAX movies should also be available to stream on Daydream VR and we'll let you know once they are available in the UK.
As far as content is concerned, Google will launch a VR version of the Play Store as well as Play Movies which will let you buy and access dedicated VR content to watch on your Daydream VR. Google is set to introduce a feature termed Android VR Mode which will let you access VR content and apps on your phone while using Daydream View headset. In this mode, optimised apps may include YouTube VR, Street View and Google Photos as well as third party apps like Netflix, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. It has also been reported that Hulu, HBO, Lionsgate and CNN will also tailor their apps to suit Daydream VR in the future.