Virtual Reality is becoming more and more popular, and more manufacturers and tech giants are trying to get a piece of the pie. The huge market potential of this new technology has made companies like Google or Samsung invest in VR and come up with virtual reality gadgets that aim to compete with the gaming console VR machines, which pack quite a punch in terms of power. The mobile VR technology is only taking its first steps, while mobile VR users ironically have to sit down when playing with the respective devices, as were the mobile VR apps intended.
The Google Daydream View is currently supporting the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL, Google’s latest mobile devices, while Samsung’s Samsung Gear VR works with the latest generation of Samsung smartphones, such as the ones from the Galaxy line.
The Google Daydream currently lacks apps, with only a small number available at the moment. However, it makes up for it partially through the great integrations that it offers with the other Google services like Maps or YouTube. YouTube is a great app to use in VR mode, as you immerse yourself in the video you watch. The Daydream video support includes cinema mode and a lot of 360degree view options. Some have said that the Daydream is a little tight on the head, and the way it was designed doesn’t always completely block light, leaving the visuals a bit distorted sometimes.
The Google Daydream features a small remote control which is used to operate the headset. When it’s not used it can be safely tucked away right on the VR set itself. Right now, only the Google Pixel handsets are compatible, but others are expected to be made compatible soon.
Samsung Gear VR
There are a lot of things that stand out for the Gear VR in contrast to the Google Daydream. For starters, it’s bigger than the Google device, and ditches the remote for a trackpad placed on the side of the device. Also, instead of instantly connecting to the VR, Samsung phones that are compatible (compatibility starts with the Galaxy S6 and Note 5) have to be plugged into a microUSB or USB-C port.
The Gear VR, unlike the Daydream, which has its own VR app library (which is severely lacking currently), has access to the Oculus app library, which can really give Samsung advantage.
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