Hands-on with Daydream, the upcoming Android VR platform

Ben Schoon for 9to5Google:

At Google I/O 2016 we got a sneak peek at what Google has in store for virtual reality in the coming months with Google Daydream. And right around the corner from the full Android N release, Google has debuted a set of developer tools to allow anyone with a Nexus 6P to test out Daydream right now.

Haven’t tried this myself yet, but have to say I’m a little underwhelmed. For some reason I was expecting Daydream to be more capable than this (although now, thinking about it, the limitations seem obvious). Unlike HTC Vive, you can’t actually move around in 3D space. Kind of kills the “Tilt Brush”-esque VR app, and probably won’t impress the way the Vive does.

Stepping out of my first HTC Vive demo was my “wow” moment, and I think many others share the same sentiment. Cardboard is a cool demo, but just that: a demo. I have four Cardboard viewers sitting in my drawer that I haven’t touched in months. Vive and Rift are a completely different ballgame. Sadly Daydream isn’t going to bring that to the masses.

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Author: Stephen Hall

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