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The White Google Pixel messes up VR

If you’re still on the fence in regards to picking up a new Google Pixel smartphone, you may want to consider buying the black model. Apparently the white option isn’t very great in use with the Google Daydream View VR headset.

Android Central recently put one of the white versions to the test and said that there was noticeable light bleed coming into the headset as it reflected off of the white surface on one of the Pixel demo units. Part of the problem, it seems, is that light bleed occurs since Google tried to make the headset big enough to fit prescription glasses; the white smartphones just make matters worse.

“That white front means reflections from the light bleed are going to both stand out and add more light to the space between your eyes and the lenses,” Android Central’s Russell Holly explained, noting that this resulted in a”less immersive experience” and potentially creates more eye strain.

It makes sense to me. You’re going to want the inside of your VR headset to be as dark as possible in order to feel like you’re really stepping into the virtual reality world. Samsung has done a particularly admirable job at this. LG’s attempt wasn’t as good, and it sounds like Google may have some issues, too.

At the end of the day, this isn’t a huge deal. You won’t get much light bleed if you’re in the pitch dark, after all. Also, the amount of time you spend inside a Daydream View VR headset compared to just enjoying your phone is probably negligible. It’s just worth thinking about if you’re really focused on future VR use.

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/10/06/white-google-pixel-phones-mess-up-vr/