The Google Daydream View will run on all of the current Daydream Ready phones. Regardless of goes hand in hand with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. If you're worried about the Pixel 2 Xl being too large for your phone and causing issues, fret not. This VR headset actually goes out of its way to improve the overall experience with your phone. I'll go over all that with you.
Introducing Heat Sink to Daydream
The Daydream Viewer comes with an impressive array of upgrades and one of the most helpful has to be the built-in Heat Sink. A heat sink is a thin metal plate that touches the back of the phone and siphons heat away from your phone while you use it in Daydream mode. As anyone who as used phone-based VR knows, overheating is a common occurrence and phone shutdowns have always been a very real possibility. This new heatsink will allow you original Pixel or any phone to run at full computational power without risk of shutdown.
Size isn't a problem at all
When you first put your Pixel 2 XL into the headset it seems a little intimidating. Despite my apprehensions, I pulled the strap over the hook at the top of the headset and it actually fit. As you can see from the images above, I didn't even have to take the case off of my phone to do this. The screen will not be interrupted due to size, either. Whether you're using the Pixel 2, or the Pixel 2 XL, you'll still be getting an amazing experience with your Google Daydream.
What else is new?
The optics of Daydream Viewer 2.0 have been upgraded to increase the viewing angles to give a sharper image. Your pixel will maintain the same sharp views it had in the last headset, and the new face blocks out the light better. This makes the experience more deeply interactive.
Last but not least is the optional head strap. By helping to hold your Pixel and the Daydream Viewer more securely while in use you are less likely to run into issues such as eye strain, neck ache, and motion blur. Having used VR headsets with and without head straps, trust me, one with a head strap is better.
Are you excited?
Your Pixel will easily take advantage of everything the Daydream headset is capable of, and make your adventures in VR more awesome than ever. This means that upgrading your VR experience only requires a new headset and a Pixel 2 can enhance this experience.
Are you planning on grabbing this headset? Are you excited to see that you won't need to upgrade your phone? Let us know about it in the comments below!
Essa Kidwell is an expert in all things VR and mobile devices who can always be found with an Oculus Go, a Pixel 2, and an iPhone 7+. They've been taking things apart just to put them back together for quite some time. If you've got a troubleshooting issue with any of your tech, they're the one you want to go to! Find them on Twitter @OriginalSluggo or Instagram @CosmeticChronus.
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