Google’s Daydream VR headset coming on November 10th
Earlier this month, Google showed off a nifty-looking VR headset for your phone that pairs with a handheld controller to let you enjoy more immersive virtual reality experiences than a Cardboard viewer would allow.
The Daydream View, Google’s new virtual reality headset, is officially coming November 10th. Google announced the news in a blog post today, and opened a Google Store page for the $79 headset, which can now be preordered. Verizon and Best Buy are also selling the Daydream View in the US, and other retailers and mobile companies will carry it in Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia.
- United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)
- Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
- United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP)
- Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR)
- Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)
The Daydream View currently works only with Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but other Android devices are supposed to add support for the headset in the future. Of course, graphics fidelity will still depend on your phone’s performance.
Currently, the View is only available in one color, Slate. Two additional colors, Crimson and Snow, will be available later. All headsets are made of soft cloth and foam, with a plastic frame. The Daydream View headset package includes a plastic remote control that charges via USB-C.
The View is also a successor to Google’s simple Cardboard holster, which was a cheap solution for experiencing VR on a phone. But since both Cardboard and Daydream run on top of Android, the Google Play Market will have a large number of virtual reality apps ready to go on November 10. Daydream VR is launching with a number of apps ready to go from the Play Store, including Hulu VR, Google Play Movies (in a virtual theater environment) the Guardian VR and Gunjack 2.