Why it matters to you
The Google Daydream View 2 promises to offer an even better VR experience than the original, thanks to its wider field of view.
It’s been nearly a year since Google launched Daydream View, a virtual reality headset designed to work with Android smartphones. Now, the company has launched a successor — the Google Daydream View 2 — alongside the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The new Daydream View is pretty similar to the original — in fact, it could be argued that it’s nothing more than a design refresh. Icomes in three color choices — Charcoal, Fog, and Coral.
While the design is slightly refreshed, you’ll notice that it looks remarkably similar to the original headset. Its rounded corners curve a bit more gradually than the first-gen Daydream View, and the magnetic flap on the front sits a bit more flush with the visor. And although it’s tough to tell from a rendering alone, the new headset’s material is thinner and finer — and possibly more absorbent.
The new headset comes in at $99 — which represents a $20 price bump over the original Daydream View. Why the extra cost? Well, apart from the extra colors, the Daydream View also has a wider field of view thanks to new lenses, which is an important consideration, as it helps make the experience a little more immersive.
While it’s not necessarily due to the headset itself, the Daydream experience has also been upgraded a little bit. You can now cast what you’re seeing to a TV through Google Cast — so others can join you on your virtual reality experience.
Still, we’re expecting some more updates to Daydream in the near future — Google announced Daydream 2.0 Euphrates at Google I/O in May, but the new VR operating system has yet to be released to the public. On a technical level, Daydream 2.0 promises much richer and more visually detailed experiences than Daydream 1.0. A new rendering technique named Project Seurot (after the French pointillist painter) aims to bring desktop-grade graphics to Daydream 2.0 headsets. It’s able to compress a scene with 50 million polygons to 72,000 with little-to-no loss in quality, Google said at I/O, and generate scenes that look nearly like real life.
You can get the new Daydream View headset for yourself from the Google Store, along with any of the other products Google announced at its hardware event on Wednesday, October 4.