GOOGLE DAY­DREAM

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Google Day­dream uses a phone (such as Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL) to power VR ex­pe­ri­ences, but un­like Samsung’s ‘walled-gar­den’ Gear VR, is not ex­clu­sive to Google’s own phones – it works with the Moto Z, and is ex­pected to sup­port other An­droid de­vices in fu­ture.

Pas­sive (think 360° video and an­i­ma­tion) and semi-ac­tive con­tent is best suited to Day­dream, al­though the power of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is not to be scoffed at: both pos­sess Qual­comm Snap­dragon 821 pro­ces­sors and an em­bed­ded Adreno 530 graph­ics chip.

The head­set comes with a hand­held con­troller, for eas­ier nav­i­ga­tion than with the Samsung Gear VR’s on-head­set but­tons. The cheap­est head­set fea­tured here, its fab­ric-cov­ered de­sign is made for com­fort. There’s not much con­tent for Day­dream yet, but given the cost – not to men­tion part­ner­ships with Net­flix VR and HBO NOW VR – there’s a good op­por­tu­nity to make your mark us­ing this tech. Price: £90.

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