11 Daydream-Ready Smartphones by the end of 2017
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that by the end of 2017 there will be 11 Android smartphones that support Google Daydream VR platform on the market.
Google Expects More Daydream Compatible Smartphones
Google Daydream turns compatible smartphones into standalone Virtual Reality headsets. You only need a Google Daydream VR headset and put the smartphone inside, and together with the touch controller, you’re on your way to many immersive experiences. But there aren’t many Daydream compatible smartphones available.
Unless you pick one from Google’s Pixel line, you are left with a handful of options from ZTE, Motorola, Huawei, and ASUS. Not too much to choose from. But this might change soon since the company announced that 11 Daydream-ready phones will arrive this year. The first one is the Galaxy S8, but there are other interesting options.
Google Pixel phones area a safe choice, but third-party brands are also worth to look at. Daydream-ready smartphones must meet certain speed and display requirements, such as sustained processor performance and 60Hz refresh rate in Virtual Reality. These are features common in high-end phones a while ago but they have now become affordable specs for any manufacturing company.
Of course, a portable headset will never match the horsepower that a gaming PC has in order to play high-quality experiences, but as mobile chips get cheaper and more efficient, more and more people will be able to afford Virtual Reality experiences that look almost as neat as the ones that produce high-end VR headsets. Both software and hardware developers are focusing on a more market-wide approach to appeal to more segments of the populations, and the result is promising, Virtual Reality will soon be a common gadget among consumers.