The Google Daydream mobile VR platform hasn’t taken off as quickly as some had hoped, but the company continues to develop and expand it with new content and features. This week, as part of its hardware press event, Google announced a new version of its Daydream View headset, with a wider field of view, for $99. At the same time, it also announced that Daydream View owners who also have a Chromecast equipped TV can now cast content from Daydream apps to the TV.
Previously, this kind of support was available only as an unofficial workaround, but with the new Chromecast update, this function is now a part of Daydream. If you own a Daydream View headset and a compatible smartphone, you can update the VR Services feature on your phone to begin the process. Then when you put your Daydream View headset on, you need to calibrate the view with the included remote. Once you get to the main launch screen, you should see a new Chromecast icon at the bottom. Click on it, and then you can select which Chromecast you want to cast to, if you have more than one.
After that, your big screen TV can now display what you are seeing in your smartphone-based Daydream View VR headset. Your family and friends will be able to see what you are viewing. Some VR games, including Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, actually become more fun if your pals can see what you see, and can therefore interact with you as you play.
If you own a Daydream View headset and a Chromecast-based TV, will you be checking out this new casting feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!