Daydream program confirmed: Mobile VR has a bright future!
About the Daydream program: it is a set of certifications to ensure the optimal experience for mobile virtual reality. These certifications include multiple elements where the principal one is the smartphone: it must be equipped with an AMOLED display that supports a low-persistence mode, and it must also come with the S821 from Qualcom. For the moment, only the Pixel is compatible.
The Daydream platform is promising but it is still at an early stage: aside from the Pixel, none of the current smartphones are compatible on the contents side, and the platform is still in development. Google has an entire ecosystem to build, but it is a very good initiative that we support!
Our models of headsets are not yet certified, but they are compatible, and we could adjust the Bluetooth protocol for our controller to Daydream.
Our opinion on the Daydream View headset: it looks cool, however Google has made many compromises:
There are no settings; you have to use it with glasses on, which leads us to believe that the lenses are positioned far away from the eyes, thus reducing the immersive effect; there is no interpupillary adjustment… A test is due for proper judgement!
For the moment, only the owners of the Pixel smartphones (Pixel and XL) can use the headset, and with that, it does not provide access to the phone’s camera, which can be very useful for AR apps, or for certain projects (see our article on positional tracking).
Our opinion on the Daydream gamepad: very interesting. We hope that Daydream SDK will soon integrate the positional tracking. Have a look at the Pulse Project, which is currently on a proprietary SDK (the Daydream compatibility could be added in the future).
Homido remains the best universal virtual reality headset that provides comfort, offers all the necessary settings (focal length and interpupillary distance), and is compatible with all current Android and iPhone smartphones.
Keep checking Homido News for more information on mobile virtual reality.
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