What is Daydream?
Daydream is the result of Google’s efforts to create a mobile virtual reality software platform which lets users have an amazing VR experience.
What do you need in order to access it?
All you need is the Google Daydream View headset paired with a compatible phone that powers most of the experience and, then, you are going to be transported to a forest with a floating screen that contains apps and media content. Once in, a 360-degree immersive environment will make your experience super realistic compared to what you experience only by viewing something on a mobile’s small screen. So, once you put the headset on, there is a whole virtual world waiting for you to explore.
Which are the devices that support Daydream View?
Currently, the only phones to support this platform are Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force, Asus Zenfone AR, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and ZTE Axon 7, but we hope to start seeing more budget-friendly devices trickle.
Your phone needs to have…
In order for Google to create a great experience, it had to place some limitations on what hardware and software is allowed to deliver. Basically, your phone need to have:
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- Display between 4.7 and 6 inches
- Resolution at least 1080p @ 60Hz display with 3ms or less latency and 5ms or less persistence. (Quad HD or higher recommended.)
- OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan
- Able to decode 2 instances of 60fps video simultaneously
- Consistent 60fps rendering
- Temperature sensors capable of reading device surface temperature
All in all, this VR experience is a simple, compact one. You just need to make sure the Daydream app is installed — if not you can find it on the Google Play Store. Place the phone on the inside of the flap, and an NFC sensor will detect it. Then, your journey into the amazing world of virtual reality is ready to begin.