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Play your favorite virtual reality games with this Google Daydream View VR headset. It's compatible with many smartphones, so you can enjoy videos for hours of immersive entertainment, and it offers up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. This Google Daydream View VR headset comes with a nine-axis controller for navigating games precisely.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Daydream View (2017)
  • Daydream controller
  • Quick start and fit guides
  • Removable top strap

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (79 out of 90)

Features


Dream with your eyes open

Meet Daydream View. A virtual reality headset that's easy-to-wear with a controller that's simple to use.

Next stop: anywhere

Swim with seals, fly through space, and watch dinosaurs roam free - you'll be amazed at what you can do and see.

Just a few of the many Daydream experiences available

Hit the street and race supercars with Need for Speed. Get closer to the action with the NBA in VR.* Kick back with Netflix in your own personal cinema.

Works with Daydream-ready smartphones, such as Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8, Moto Z and Moto Z2.

Share your virtual world

Stream your experience to the TV with Chromecast to enjoy with friends and family.

*Subscription fees may apply.


Overall customer rating

4.3
88%
would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating

3.9

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mobile VR done right; just needs more games

    Posted
    wfs1977
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    This 2017 Daydream View is the best mobile VR hardware. The headset looks like something you'd want to wear, and is extremely comfortable. You can also insert your phone with its case still attached (as long as it isn't super bulky), while the remote controller adds fun ways to interact. Compared to last year's model, the field of view is noticeably wider and the top strap holds the headset in place better. And, unlike the Gear VR, you don't need a Samsung phone to use this headset. Recent flagships from Google, LG, Motorola, Asus, Huawei, and ZTE – as well as Samsung – all now work with Daydream. Games are the only key advantage for the Gear VR. Daydream's library has improved in the last year, but it isn't as stacked as the Gear's, which Oculus has been gradually building since 2014. Before investing in mobile VR today, though, keep in mind that HTC and Lenovo have standalone VR headsets in the pipeline that a) run the Daydream platform, and b) have full 6-degree positional tracking. Oculus also has a standalone headset (without 6DOF tracking) coming next year, running the same platform as Gear VR. Both, however, will cost more than Daydream's $99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mobile VR system with only one problem...

    Posted
    Batlacitiachilan
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    This was the third mobile VR system I've purchased. The first was a simple cardboard viewer that I got just to see how it works. The second was a slightly better cheap plastic unit which was built so badly that I returned it and purchased this. Having seen this range of options, I have to say that the higher end Daydream headset really is the only one that I'd recommend for someone who actually wants to make extensive use of mobile based VR. The optics, weight, and overall comfort are so much better than the cheaper options that it's hard to see how you'd make do with anything less, and the included controller is pretty much a must-have if you want to get anything close to what you can get with a Vive or Rift. And unlike many other higher end offerings, the design of the Daydream View is such that it can accommodate a wide arrange of different phones without needing any awkward adapters, frames, or calibration sheets. Unfortunately, there is a caveat. Namely, this excellent headset that's been built for versatility can only support about half a dozen different handsets at the moment. While you can use it as a cardboard viewer without much difficulty, all of the most impressive features of the View such as the automatic adjustment, controller support, and app library will only work if you have a daydream enabled phone. So if you do have one of those, this really should be the first and probably only one you look at. Otherwise, you'll need to look elsewhere for something based around the Cardboard ecosystem instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    3.5 Stars - Fitment is wonky, overheats

    Posted
    CrazyBernie
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    I give it a 3.5, but I won't rate it at 4 stars because it's not good enough to allow the extra half for display purposes. This is a great headset... When it sits on your face properly. With the head strap being at the top of the "goggles," it tends to pull the bottom of the headset of your nose, throwing of the focus and thus breaking the experience. I found myself constantly adjusting the headset to keep the focus, often having to push and hold the bottom to prevent the picture from washing out. Not having to adjust the pupillary distance is nice, but the flat lenses mean only what's right in front of you is in focus... You can't dart your eyes around without looking at blurred images. The overheating was annoying too.. couldn't play a game or watch a movie for more than an hour before things started stuttering. I have a Pixel 2 XL... You'd think Google'd have it worked out to prevent that on their flagship phone. My final gripe is that fact that you can't view Cardboard content without hacks... C'mon Google... Who's in charge of making the stupid decisions? Why alienate the premium devices from the majority of content, in a market you created? This headset is great overall in the ergonomics, premium feel, and image quality, but several of the design decisions range from "SMH" all the way up to "WT*, Over?". If you just plan to live in the Daydream marketplace, it's plenty adequate, but the price should be closer to $50, definitely not $100. I'm mulling over returning it and waiting for a better standalone product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An affordable intro to VR

    Posted
    ChadS
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    The Daydream View is a great way to get your feet wet in VR. It offers great quality and comfort while still being quite affordable. Not all phones are compatible so research first before buying. I use it with the ZTE Axon 7 phone and it works great. I have not tried other VR units to compare with this so my experience is limited. My main use for this is watching Netflix or digital copies of movies. There are good games available also and those are very immersive. I have not felt any motion sickness but after prolonged use I do experience a small amount of eye strain. The included controller is very easy to use and a must for controlling what you see and interacting with content. The controller has very convenient volume controls which is very helpful, as well. The headset is very comfortable. The top strap is removable but I found it is much more comfortable with it on. This 2017 model has a heat sink for your phone which I feel is a must. After prolonged use your phone will get quite hot. The only negative I have experienced is occasionally I notice the view will slowly drift off to one side. I don't know if this is unique to this product or inherent to all VR at this point. Conveniently the controller has a way to recenter the screen if this ever happens. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a Daydream compatible phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value VR Experience

    Posted
    Tristan
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    First of all, one thing to keep in mind - you need a Google Daydream compatible phone to use this. So before buying, make sure your phone is compatible. But I recently got a Moto Z2 Force and was excited to play with VR. Are you going to get the same experience as some of the VR systems that are 4 or 5 times this price? No, but for the value, it's a lot of fun to play with and has been a great first foray into VR. It's comfortable, and the pointer works well. There are a decent number of games and apps available, and even watching regular video feels much more immersive and bigger. However, if you get a chance, definitely check out some of the VR specific video apps - the NBA live broadcasts have been particular fun. Is it a draw-dropping, you're at the arena type of experience? No, it's not there yet, but it's impressive how far we've come. Right now it is more like an immersive experience with different angles and holograms. But it's still fun, and if you're curious about VR without wanting a huge investment and have a compatible phone, the Daydream headset is a great way to try it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dream with your eyes open!

    Posted
    InfinityGauntlet
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    A lot of my students were interested in making VR apps for meditation 2-3 years ago. However, they always asked by critics, "Why do we meditate with our eyes open?" It was a difficult question 2-3 years ago, because it was a common sense that we meditated with our eyes close. Thanks Google for coming up this slogan, "Dream with your eyes open", to spread the idea of opening your eyes while doing resty activities. Because of this slogan, I switched from my Samsung Note 6 to a Pixel 2 XL, and now acquired the daydream headset to upgrade my cardboard VR work. It won't happen without this slogan. Google is famous for coming up half-done consumer products, but this slogan is something else. Oh, last thing, the controller was a gift, you don't get position data, but as a pointer, the orientation was very nice with very little latency. This is probably why it came out last year with a demo of "Fantastic Beast", wand is such a good interface for this controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Technology Is Great, Not Enough Content Yet

    Posted
    Zach
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    So I bought this when it was half price on a daily sale... I wouldn't yet pay full price for it yet. The technology is quite amazing, sadly there isn't enough content yet out there. Google does offer some free 3D documentaries in its play store though the Daydream app when you get your Daydream View connected to the phone which are quite amazing. YouTube VR also is a must have application which has quite the selection of both 360 and VR video. Some amazing content out there from National Geographic and other production quality content, as well as the hobbyists and amateurs. As far as the Daydream View itself, its rather comfortable to wear for long periods once you get it properly adjusted. The controller is easy to use once you get used to it. I would not recommend paying full price at this point due to the limited content, but once the content catches up with the technology this will be amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sooo Close! Almost an excellent design.

    Posted
    Franki
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    The only reason I can't give this thing 5 stars is because it does not fit me correctly. Yeah, I have a big head, but any product with an adjustable strap should be able to accommodate. The finish is great, it works as expected and I love it but it's just too tight even at its biggest setting. The apps work well and the Moto Z2 even fits inside the case with an extended battery pack although I don't think it's advised to use that way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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