Google refreshed its Daydream View VR device with two new colors, crimson and snow, expanding the number within the virtual reality headset range to three variants.
When the device was unveiled last October, it only had the Slate coloring.
New Colors, Same VR Technology
The new colored headsets will not come with different or improved hardware specifications. Both variants are similar to the standard version under the hood as well as in terms of pricing as all devices retail for $79.
Both colors are also available for free for customers who will purchase any Google Pixel phone and have received the promotional code.
They are also now available at Google Store and buyers can expect the handsets to be delivered by Dec. 8.
At this point, the Slate and the Crimson variants seem the most attractive options. Owning the snow, which will probably look quite at home in the coming winter, would prove to be a chore. While it is all right for the device to get hand washed, the white color could easily show acquired dirt and even stains.
Daydream View VR
If you are new to Daydream VR, it is Google’s own take on virtual reality. Although it is not as powerful as other VR rigs like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, it offers an excellent VR experience by using a Daydream-ready smartphone.
At present, the technology only supports few devices such as any of the latest Google Pixel handsets as well as the ZTE Axon 7 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force could also fit the bill. What is awesome about this particular device is that an additional battery module — through its MotoMods feature — can allow players to experience VR for hours on end.
Certainly, Daydream View will still work with some premium devices that do not necessarily have all the required hardware components. These include the Nexus 6P and the Samsung Galaxy S7. These handsets can still run Daydream VR but since they lack specific sensors, some features will not be enabled or the Cardboard VR mode will kick-in in some instances.
Daydream VR also requires Android 7.0 Nougat.
Initial Hands-On Daydream Review
Early Daydream View VR reviews have been largely positive so far. Some drawbacks, which consumers should remember based on hands-on experiences include the difficulty of fully enjoying VR for users who have poor eyesight. This means you will have to wear the VR headmount with your glasses on. Some of these report that images appear blurry and, therefore, unusable.
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