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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