Hi Adelbert and welcome to the forum, nice to meet you
First of all, Daydream is aimed for November 10, 2016, so it’s not available as of the time of writing - just so you know. Second, there are many variables that needs to be considered prior to making a decision.
Let’s talk about pricing first. You already have the PS4, so as you mentioned, for the PSVR you need to pay only around $400 if you live in the US, I don’t know what the price in other countries, but you mentioned $400, so I assume that how much it costs in your country.
As for now, there are four Daydream compatible phones from what I’ve read, the newly announced Google Pixel and Pixel X, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and the ZTE Axon 7. The Nexus 6P can also be used to build and test Daydream, but it’s not not what Google calls Daydream-ready, I didn’t say it, Google did.
The ZTE Axon 7, the unlocked version price starts at $400 the last time I checked via amazon.com and on Best Buy. The Google Pixel starts from $649 for the cheapest version and around $745 for the XL model. Of course you can reduce the initial pay by buying it with a 24/mo commitment, but I compare it to the full price.
So, as you can see, just the phone itself costs more or less than the PSVR headset. The Daydream View headset is being sold separately for $79, BUT, if you pre-order one of Google Pixel phones, you get the Daydream View headset for free.
Keep in mind that there might be other Daydream phones and headset that are cheaper or more expensive than the Google offering. So this is for the price, and do your own math if that’s stand within your budget - from what I understand it is.
The PS4 comes with a 8-core processor. 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon graphics card and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. There is also the PS4 Pro, which is a much more powerful computing device. It comes with x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8-core CPU, 4.20 TFLOPS AMD Radeon based graphics card, 8GB of GDDR5 memory plus 1GB of VRAM.
These are really powerful consoles. In comparison, we can see that the ZTE Axon 7 comes with a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 820 is the minimum chipset requires for the CPU and GUP performance, and some suggests that a 4GB of RAM is the minimum requirement (I didn’t came across an official specs). I assume that there are also other hardware specs related to the sensors which are required so a phone will be Daydream-ready, and Google certifies those by collaborating with its phone manufactures hardware partners, to make sure they are ready to run its mobile VR platform.
So performance wise, the PSVR is by far the most powerful ones. This obviously means much better visuals and faster frame rates in potential.
So we probably won’t going to see open world VR games for Daydream, even PSVR is somewhat restrictive at this. If you look at the current mobile phone game library for Gear VR, you can see what you can expect to see in Daydream. It’s more or less the same as Gear VR, because Gear VR also has some high specs requirements and works only with Samsung high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, S6 edge and S6 edge+.
Don’t get me wrong, games will still look great, but it depends on the scale of the game and as you mentioned yourself, graphics isn’t everything.
If you want to play games with the highest graphics fidelity, PS VR is probably the best option among the two.
You mentioned it and I completely agree. Portability is one of the main reasons mobile devices are so popular. You will need to carry the headset with you, but it’s a relatively small and lightweight headset, it’s very easy to carry around in a bag. I can tell you from my own experience, I didn’t took my PS4 abroad when I was on a long vacation (3 months) to Barcelona Spain, it’s just very uncomfortable to carry the console and all the cables and accessories around. If you have lots of physical games (not digital), it’s even worse.
With Google Daydream it’s all digital, you carry the phone with you anyways wherever you go, and carrying the headset in a bag is not such a big deal, compared to carrying both the PS4 console, all its accessories and the needed PS VR hardware and all the cables, it’s not mobile-friendly in any way, the Daydream is.
As for now, PS VR had more titles, but you can expect a rain of apps and games coming to Daydream very soon. You are going to see much more games for it compared to PSVR. The reason I know that is just by looking at the number of games available for the PS4 compared to the Android and iOS app stores, it’s not even a comparison. So I predict that there will be much more games to play on the Daydream than on PS VR.
That’s quantity of course, the quality depends on how developers are able to use this medium to deliver great experiences, but obviously I believe that they will do that and we are going to see some really amazing VR games, even some great triple-A titles from the leading mobile game developers.
Just look at this website Daydream category. There are some really cool games like Fruit Ninja VR, InMind 2, Need for Speed: No Limits VR, wonderglade, Eve: Gunjack Next, all are really amazing titles and more and more are coming very soon.
I will talk more about other features in the next post, taking a short break