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With the development of Virtual Reality and the launching of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets, video gaming experience had been taken to a higher level. However, these two require computer components and are costly. But when Samsung’s Gear VR mobile-powered headset was introduced, experiencing virtual reality became more possible. For a time, this device dominated the scene until Google came with an upcoming competitor, the Daydream View. Now that users have options, it is best to know the right VR headset to purchase. Let us make a comparison between the two competitors: Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View.


When it comes to shape, both devices are somewhat similar, although the Daydream slightly looks bigger. The former is made with the comfort and convenience of the user in mind, this is why Google decided to have fabric material used on the headset. Said material is breathable and soft with a plastic frame that might lack elegance in appearance. What it lacks in the frame is filled in by the cloth material that feels comfortable on the hands. Moreover, it is somewhat flexible that it can be bent a little, making it easier to carry around.

Conversely, the Samsung Gear VR looks sturdy with a plastic material with matte finish. Both can be used even if the user wears glasses. There is also a rubber edging on both products to protect the area of the eyes from the rim of the headsets. In addition, both have face masks that can be removed to ensure cleanliness. To place a smartphone in the Samsung Gear VR, the cover needs to be removed while with the Google Daydream View, the design is better since a clamshell cover is located on top of the gear along with a strap to securely accommodate the phone. Also, the device from Samsung has a middle strap that is not present in the model from Google.


Aside from the possibility of slightly bending the Daydream VR to make it easier to travel with, this device from Google is also lighter in weight which adds to its portability. This is because it does not require much hardware because of its wireless connectivity and the absence of a USB port. The fabric material of Daydream VR also contributes to its weight.


The Google Daydream View comes with a separate controller to navigate and use the VR headset while the Samsung Gear VR needs to be controlled manually from the headset itself to adjust the settings and for navigation so there is no need to carry around an extra item such as the controller.

Phone Compatibility

As of now, the Gear VR only works with selected Samsung smartphones while the DaydreamView is exclusive for Pixel phones. But with the advancements in technology, it is not impossible for the list of compatible phones for both devices to increase in number. In fact, Google already announced that some future mobile devices from phone manufacturers like Asus, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Alcatel and Samsung will be compatible with their VR headset.

You can learn more about the two VR headsets here to help you decide which one suits your preference and needs.