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The Future Virtual Reality: Mobile VR Fight

The Future Virtual Reality: Mobile VR Fight

Many people are obsessed with VR headsets that offer the industry. While companies like Facebook, Google also Sony are trying to compete which one will sell massive headsets.

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Many people are obsessed with VR headsets that offer the industry. While companies like Facebook, Google also Sony are trying to compete which one will sell massive headsets. Both giants Facebook and Google are carrying on a silent war on this aspect. Google proposes to expand its Daydream accessibility for many mobile devices on the other hand Facebook tries to deliver VR for the lower price additionally making possible high-quality social VR experience with reasonable cost. Google works on expanding its circle of partners to reaching major popularity as they did with Android phones. The purpose for both companies is to reach the leading place that many helmets utilize their software.

Daydream helmet works with Pixel but recently Google expands its support adding various Android phones like Axon 7 and Moto Z additionally Mate 9 Pro and ZenFone AR smartphones are on the horizon. While Gear VR supports a huge range of Samsung phones including the latest versions Galaxy S7 and Note7. Some rumors speculated that Daydream will support Samsung’s smartphone for its Daydream. For this point, Gear VR software is supplied by Oculus software and the headset is represented on Oculus website.


Let’s have a look at both companies VR platform with their hardware

Having a look at the appearance of both devices these two are easy to set up and utilize, the only evident thing is that Google’s device is smooth. Those who still haven’t got their headset and need one to be integrated with the industry can have a separate account on Oculus Store and Google by managing everything right there and keep updated.

Regarding the hardware, Gear VR preserved user’s mobile phone from light which Daydream does not have and there might be some bits of dust. When you wear them both helmets fits comfortable on your head, though the Daydream is a little bit more convenient, for example, it fits great on 3 year old child. This might have been done on special purpose by Google, as they may bring the headset to schools.

The advantage of Daydream is its controller which Gear VR does not obtain, though the controller should be developed yet. Instead Gear VR has a Touch Control Panel button on the side of the headset. Due to the controller it becomes easier to navigate through 360 VR experience and during the game as well. For Gear VR several gaming controllers are available on Amazon to take the experience. Daydream has a cloth cover that breathes and you can hand wash it and Gear VR covered with foam cushioning.


Gear VR has a button that adjusts the focus which can be set up according to your eyes vision when you wear a headset, though Daydream does not have such adjustment it suits well without needing to focus.

One thing stays a problem for Gear VR and Daydream when using them for a long time the battery of the smartphone gets hotter. The reason for such heating comes from the following reason, the mobile phones are not prepared to sustain high temperature coming from so called System on a Chip (SOC) which is moving at the clock speed.

Once trying a VR in smartphone you will have the feeling of sickness, which still remains an issue for the industry. Not only mobile based VR experience provide sickness but using them on Personal Computer will cause the sickness which disturbs a user to have full excitement.


These two helmets have the full potential for providing a mixed reality experience if the companies would develop for them. There is one issue that needs time to resolve and which can be seen in China working on it; that is to extend battery life while using for VR. For this point companies should solve the thermals issue in order let the mobile run more than 30 minutes utilizing for virtual reality.

We reached the point of providing a VR content and Gear VR is the winner. Taking the fact that it is already three months since the release of Daydream it might be natural that it lacks VR content. Google continues to add various new applications on its platform. On its official website Google added ZenFone AR as coming soon project and with the frequency of inserting new applications Daydream may provide massive VR content for the users.

Things go interesting for these two companies as Daydream expands mobile device accessibilities out there while Facebook has hired Hugo Barra, who previously worked for Google and Xiaomi and has been experienced enough in this sphere, as a Vice President at Oculus.


Due to the release of Daydream mobile based VR experience promises to be expanded during 2017. For now Gear VR is the leading headset in the market but if Google continues to make the partnership with other major companies and expand its content then Samsung along with Oculus should think new ways for keeping their place.

Furthermore, Samsung is considered to be one of the Daydream partners and one of the providers of Gear VR.

Gear VR vs Daydream: Price

The price for both headsets comes affordable for users, though Google has made some discount for its helmet instead of $80 now the headset costs $50. You can purchase Daydream from Google Store, Best Buy and Verizon. Samsung does not give way as its headset price remains the same $100 available on Oculus Store and Samsung website. These two headsets provide a good experience for their price.

Gear VR vs Daydream: Apps/games

Gear VR still is in winning position with its the content. There are many interesting games available for Gear VR such as Hitman VR edition, Please Don’t Touch Anything, Minecraft: Gear VR, Smash Hit VR and many other engaging games. There are both paid and free games available.


Google VR provides applications like YouTube VR, Jaunt, NextVR, Google Photos and Street View, Netflix VR. So, we can conclude that Google provides more video experiences that allow users make a virtual tour and investigate various places.

Virtual reality is growing rapidly, as now you can broadcast live on Facebook or YouTube in 360-degree videos. These means that VR videos are spreading and many high-quality videos will be supplied. Along with this mobile VR is growing so far.

If you have a Samsung phone it makes sense to get Gear VR headset, moreover there is no a huge difference between two. If you like Google’s product then you have to wait for Google to provide 50 apps and games as they promised back in 2016.