Google says Cardboard app compatibility will soon come to the Daydream View

YouTube has launched a new app to coincide with today's Daydream launch, one that's built for virtual reality headsets and designed from the ground up to work with Google's "next gen" mobile VR platform.

If you want to believe the tech pundits, industry gurus, and prognosticators, we're at the beginning of a new era of computing thanks to virtual reality.

The app is only available through Google's new Daydream View headset, which now only works with the company's Pixel phone.

Google Daydream View is ready to take transform your next Android phone into an immersive virtual reality headset for a convincing price. And while getting the full 360-degree experience of VR often requires spinning around (a swivel chair helps), some apps in Daydream let you grab the scene with your controller and drag it around you, just as you would with a PC mouse.

To activate the headset, tap the Daydream app on your Pixel, pop the phone into the front slot and strap it on. "You moving your hands and you feel immersed". However, for everyone else, Google's YouTube VR app comes as a big step towards VR.

Even though your head is cocooned in this VR mask, it's best to use this one with the light outs. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and includes motion controls, sort of like the remote on the Nintendo Wii.

Daydream View is a complete thought, which is something I don't get to say often enough when looking at new VR platforms.

I have noticed the Pixel XL that was given to me by Google for review gets quite hot after lengthy periods of Daydream usage. Similar to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the Daydream View headset also comes with a handheld motion controller using which users can perform gestures and interact with the virtual world.

"Users need to purchase a Pixel phone until more phones are compatible with Android Nougat and the device itself, and even then they will need to upgrade, which may exclude a lot of consumers for a long time", she explained.

Rather than being made out of plastic like other headsets, it's crafted from fabric more akin to sportswear.

Google's Daydream virtual reality headset is now available in Canada for $99.

The headset also loses its positioning a lot, so the picture appears off-center if you move around to much. The games and apps I've tested all worked well, the frame rates and amount of detail all are better than I expected. Google's headset is also considerably smaller than Samsung's Gear VR, making it easier to carry around in a purse or backpack.

Compared to Daydream, Gear VR is significantly larger. Users can also browse the YouTube library while watching a video just like they do in the regular YouTube app.

With out without glasses, however, Google Daydream View was never a ideal fit for us. In my week of using View off and on, I have only had to charge the remote one time.

The Daydream's content catalog leaves much to be desired, but by the time the adoption of compatible devices is realized, "Google will have rolled out more experiences that both come from reputable developers and reach a wider audience", predicted Llamas.

The only real downside to the controller is that you basically hold it at waist level and point or turn it depending on the app.

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