Google finally answers to the VR headset market with its own Daydream View, a $79 headset that turns your smartphone into a virtual reality entertainment device â€” of course your phone has to be certified as “Daydream-ready”.
Now Daydream View is just confirmed to support Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones but it will support more including the third-party phones in the future.
According to Google, Daydream View is super soft and light. Crafted out of soft, breathable, and microfiber fabrics, the headset is 30% lighter than similar devices, like Gear VR.
One of the many things that makes Daydream View special is the controller. It looks like Wii controller with a clickable touchpad and 2 buttons. Reported by gizmodo, the controller “also uses a built-in gyroscope so people can use gestures to play games or get more serious things done while using the headset.” You can learn more about the hardware aspect of the device at Google’s blog post.
There are multiple games confirmed for Daydream View already. Gunjack 2: End of Shift, Wonderglade, LEGO BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby, and Hungry Shark World.
Daydream View will be first launched in November in 5 countries. Details are listed below.
United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)
Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; Â£69 (GBP)
Germany: Deutsche Telekom; â‚¬69 (EUR)
Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)