VR at $50 With Google’s Daydream and Google Cardboard

The Google Daydream View is an immersion headset from phone to face that one can stick to his phone for an amazing VR experience. This device is compatible with devices like LG V20, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8, Moto Z2, and Google Pixel 1. At Verizon, you can grab this headset for a steal deal of $49.99. The Google Cardboard is also available for only $15, however, the Daydream View is comfortable to wear and is ideal for playing games, and watching movies for longer durations. Also, many casinos listed on popular sites such as strafe.com, have been integrating VR, AR, and MR technologies to offer an immersive gaming experience to players, especially in areas of VIP clubs and live dealers.

Google Cardboard

The Google Cardboard is a VR platform discontinued in 2021 and released by Google in 2014. It was named behind its fold-out cardboard view feature into which a smartphone could be inserted. This was basically released as a low-cost VR application for gamers. Users were allowed to build their own viewer from components using Google specifications or could buy the manufactured ones. Gamers had to run Google cardboard compatible mobile applications on their mobile devices, and place them on the back of the viewer for viewing content through its lenses. It was available at Verizon and other marketplaces for a nominal price of $15. It had a total of 15 million units shipped for its customers. Understandably, the Web3 and Metaverse experience could be potential revolutionary factors that could boost the gaming industry.

Google Daydream View

The success of Google cardboard led Google to develop an advanced VR platform for its users. Google announced Daydream View, its first headset in 2016 which was an upgraded version of the cardboard. With Daydream View, one can feel like he’s actually in a stadium watching a match, piloting a helicopter, taking a trip to the magnificent Taj Mahal, or even transporting himself in the Game of Thrones theme. Gamers can now allow their friends to witness the surreal experience via Chromecast if they do not have the Daydream View. This compact yet marvelous device is available in gray, black, or red for gamers to choose from.

The Global VR and AR Market

Statistics released by the International Data Corporation found that the global shipments of VR and AR headsets have dropped to 9.7 million units which results in a decline of 12.8% in the year 2022.  In 2023, the growth is expected to flourish since shipments of these headsets are expected to increase by 31.5%. By 2026, it is predicted that over 35.1 million units of headsets are expected to be sold. In 2020, Google announced that they would no longer manufacture the Daydream software and it would not be supported in the newest Android 11 devices.

In a Nutshell

Google released VR View in 2016 which was an expansion of the Google Cardboard concept. It allowed developers to embed 360-degree Virtual Reality content in a mobile application or a web page, across Android, iOS, or desktop. The HTML and JavaScript code for web publishing Virtual Reality content is available on GitHub and is an open source that allows self-hosting content by developers. Google Cardboard SDK allowed gamers to build an immersive crossover with a Virtual Reality experience for both iOS and Android. With essential features like stereoscopic rendering, motion tracking, and user interaction, one could build a new VR experience or even enhance existing applications that support the concept.

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