Google Daydream View VR Headset Launched in India at Rs. 6,499
Virtual reality is still an ongoing project by the companies to allow users to feel an overall improved experience. The VR headsets have made it possible for customers to be in a completely different location through virtual reality, allowing you to enjoy a moment you cannot be in physically.
Daydream was announced at Google I/O 2016 and since then has been evolving to get new features onboard. Google has been working with developers, smartphone manufacturers, and content creators to make the dream a reality – and now, it has launched Daydream View in India with immediate availability.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first daydream ready smartphones, along with Moto Z handset launched last year. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users will also be able to use daydream view headset by the end of this year, through a software update.
This daydream headset goes head on with Samsung Gear VR headset which is available for almost half the price in India. Daydream View will be available on Flipkart, with a special offer for existing Google Pixel and Moto Z owners.
Is it worth getting Daydream View?
An interesting fact about this device is that the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric and is designed to fit over eyeglasses. This makes it more comfortable and easier for users to wear.
The phone and headset have an auto-alignment system so you don’t have to worry about cables or connectors. Just put the smartphone inside the headset and you’re good to go.
“A big part of what makes Daydream View special is the Daydream controller. This small yet powerful controller lets you interact with the virtual world the same way you do in the real world. It points where you point, and is packed with sensors to understand your movements and gestures. The controller slides right inside the headset when not in use, so you don’t have to worry about losing it in your bag or between couch cushions,” says Google.
Google has added the functionality to watch YouTube videos on Daydream View. You can stream any video easily to your phone and watch it like you’re watching the video right in front of you, live. Of course, every video will have its own touch of virtual reality.
Apps like Netflix VR, Google Play Movies, Within, NYT VR, Guardian VR, The Turning Forest, Fantastic Beasts, Labster: World of Science, The Arcslinger, Wonderglade, Mekorama VR, Gunjack 2: End of Shift, Need for Speed™ No Limits VR, LEGO® BrickHeadz Builder VR are available on the headset.
At Rs. 6,499, the headset seems a little bit expensive to project your phone to a larger dimension, technically. Firstly, not a lot of smartphones are daydream-ready, which means your smartphone manufacturer can either release a software update and make it daydream-ready or you’ll be left hanging in the middle.
Since the majority of the users will not be able to make use of this, Daydream might not kick off as expected. Secondly, the applications are limited because developers are still working on improving the experience. At such a price, you expect flawless service and a huge list of applications you can play around with.
Finally, virtual reality is a very new concept to India and not a lot of users want to dip into it. The company needs to market it well, considering the cost is too much and the uses are not as plenty.