GOOGLE’S DAYDREAM VIEW feels nothing like other virtual reality headsets I’ve tried. It’s not heavy or plasticky, it doesn’t take an hour to set up, and it doesn’t require a high-end PC. No cables appear to be involved. Really, the only similarity with the others is that you look silly wearing it.
During its much-hyped hardware event today in San Francisco, Google showed off the first devices in its Daydream VR lineup. All we’d seen before were concepts and line drawings, but now we’ve seen at least Google’s version of what a headset might look like.
The $80 Daydream View is light, flexible, and almost plushy. Your smartphone provides the visuals. It slides into the headset and rests in front of your eyes. It’s meant to make virtual reality, the most sci-fi futuristic of current technologies, feel approachable.