Google Daydream View VR headset
The front of the Google Daydream View VR headset is shown on display during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Google could not have chosen a perfect time to launch its Daydream VR platform and gear. The release of its virtual reality set after the Android 7.1 Nougat update was made available on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones was seamless. Now comes the hard part of competing against other premium VR hardware and it remains to be seen if Daydream View can stand amongst the VR giants.

Google was expected to release Daydream VR alongside the Android 7.0 Nougat update, but the delayed launch may have paid off since the platform now has available support compared to when it was initially set for release.

Google Daydream View VR - Headset

The Daydream View headset may be the most comfortable virtual reality headset available today. Unlike the Samsung Gear VR, Daydream View feels easy and light when worn. The flap that secures the handset allows for quick access into Daydream VR mode.

Google Daydream View VR - Device support

Although the only devices that currently work with Google’s Daydream View are its own flagship phones Pixel and Pixel XL, the Android 7.1 Nougat will eventually allow other mobile phones to facilitate the Daydream VR as long as they meet system requirements.

Google Daydream View VR - App support

The Google VR store has a rather inadequate number of supporting apps and content, amounting to just a little over 20. While some apps like Fantastic Beasts and YouTube VR are worthwhile, others are just plain busts. Netflix is not currently available as well. Certain games are actually just demos although the full versions are expected soon.

Google Daydream View VR - Controller

The Daydream View’s Bluetooth motion controller easily connects with the handset the moment VR mode commences. It allows the user to draw out and connect with the virtual environment. A trackpad is also available as an option. The Daydream trackpad is more immersive and user-friendly than Gear VR’s, according to Forbes.

Google Daydream View VR – Scope of vision

The field of view (FOV) is very important to keep users engaged. This is one of the shortcomings of Daydream View. With only about 90 degrees to spare, the scope is considerably limited compared to other VR platforms.

Google Daydream View VR – Verdict

The Google Daydream View VR headset is priced at $119 in Australia, which is far less than its competitors. With that considered, the Daydream View is a good VR starter for those that seek virtual reality fun. It’s comfortable to wear and will soon support most Android phones. Hopefully Google can get more developers to fill up its VR Store with more apps and content before long.