Google made their in-house virtual reality headset, called the Daydream View, official back in the beginning of October 2016. This is part of the Daydream virtual reality platform that the company had been working on up to that point. During the originally announcement, it was revealed that the headset would be arriving in November 2016, but no specific date was given. Today, however, that has changed and we now know that the headset will be officially available on November 10th, 2016.
For those of you not familiar with this particular virtual reality headset, the Daydream View will sort of work in a similar fashion like the Samsung Gear VR headset in regards to what devices will work with it. All new Android devices that are certified by Google to be Daydream compatible will work with the headset. This can be from any manufacturer, but not every device will work with it. Right now the first official devices to work with the Daydream View are Google’s recently launched Pixel and Pixel XL phones. In fact, if you pre-ordered either of those phones from the Google Store, you would get a free Daydream View headset.
The headset will come with three different styles/colors to choose from: Snow, Slate and Crimson. The Daydream View will also come with a controller which looks pretty similar to that of a Wii controller/remote. When not using the controller and headset, the controller can be stored inside the actual headset, where your phone snaps into it, to prevent people from losing it.
When buying a headset, the controller will come with it as well, so it isn’t a separate purchase which is nice. The Daydream View remote has a minimalistic design to it, but actually contains a lot of different sensors inside it which can be used to help navigate the virtual worlds you’re roaming around in.
So where can you buy a Daydream View headset? Well there is the online Google store of course. It will also be available at certain retailers in specific countries for its initial launch:
– 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)
So if you’re planning to snap one of these headsets up when they arrive, you only have a little over a week to wait. Remember, you need a Pixel or Pixel XL phone in order to use this headset until more Daydream compatible devices get released.
Website Referenced: Google