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Google Daydream View VR first impressions: Virtual Reality gets as immersive as it can

13 June, 2017 7:12 AM
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Google Daydream View VR headset is now available in India and can be purchased online via Flipkart for Rs 6,499.

Google Daydream View VR headset was announced with much fanfare last year in October last year, alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Now, eight months later, Google has launched the VR headset in India priced at Rs 6,499. It can be purchased exclusively via Flipkart.

Google and Flipkart have some exciting offers for the buyers. If you are an existing Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Moto Z customer then you can get the Daydream headset at a straightaway price of Rs 3,999. There is no cost EMI plan which lets you own the device at just Rs 923 per month and you can also avail a wallet cash back of Rs 300 if the transaction is made via PhonePe app which is Flipkart’s homegrown mobile wallet.

Daydream View isn’t the company’s first feat in VR headsets. Google had previously released the ultra-affordable Google Cardboard which came across as more of a DIY project. Now, the Daydream View VR headset is a massive step up from Google Cardboard. Google has created a dedicated platform for the same, which is available on select flagship smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

The Daydream ready VR headset comes in a compact box and alongside it contains the Daydream View remote controller, user manuals and a strap which you can plug on to the controller to avoid accidental drops. The VR headset comes all wrapped in fabric finish which feels well cushioned and premium. “Inspired by the clothes we enjoy wearing, the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric,” Google said in its blog post. The Daydream View VR headset is comfortable on eyes and can be worn with glasses too.

Unlike the HTC Vive and Oculus VR headsets, the Daydream View VR headset comes with a strap going end to end on side. A top band to go above head is amiss here and thus the headset rests on your ears. The cushion helps here to avoid strain on your forehead and nose when wearing it.

The Daydream View VR headset comes with NFC support on board, so accessing Daydream content becomes speedy. Users can just place a Daydream compatible phone on primary flap and lock to start viewing the content. Presently, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Moto Z are Daydream ready smartphones available in the market. Google announced at the I/O conference 2017 that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will soon get Daydream support. Also, Asus Zenfone AR smartphone which is Google Tango and Google Daydream ready is expected to go on sale later this year.

Google is encouraging app developers and smartphone makers to adopt Daydream in more of their product. As of now, there are just a handful of apps that support Daydream View, but more are expected to become available going forward. We will be using the Daydream View VR headset and come up with our review soon, so stay tuned for that.


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