Google announced their latest foray into Virtual Reality last month at their Pixel event. Now, in an update on their blog yesterday 1 November, they finally revealed their release date. The Daydream View will launch on November 10, a week after the launch of the Pixel phone. However, there is a catch: it will not be directly available in Singapore. For now, it isn’t even deliverable to the country upon release. However, this should hopefully change soon.
Daydream View’s Lineup
Although rumours are still swirling around about another Google VR headset in the future, the Daydream View is offering a lot of experiences within the first few weeks of launch. On their development, Blog, director of project management for Daydream Mike Jazayeri outlined just a few. YouTube, owned by Google, will have a full library of VR content ready to use on Daydream. US users will also have access to Hulu’s library in VR. Movies will be available for rent, games to play (although some are already available on the Gear VR) and even Google Streetview is available in VR. All in all, Google has an impressive lineup of experiences for their headset.
However, it’s very disappointing that the headset is so hard to get outside of western countries. Jayazeri announced that the Daydream View would only be available for retail in five countries. Even Japan is not on the list presented on the blog. The headset is available for purchase online, but the Google store doesn’t currently cover Singapore. This is what greeted me when I tried to have a look:
Right now, your best bet is to plan your Daydream View purchase around your trip to Australia. Or be willing to shell out the extra money for a courier system. Or be patient, but that’s no fun.
Pricing and compatibility
Google emphasise the role of its new Pixel phone for the headset. However, just about every modern smartphone with a large screen should be compatible with the headset. So far the only colour available is the Slate, but Google will launch the other colours by the end of the year. The headset by itself will put you back around S$110 but include shipping costs if you can’t wait for it to be available here. Let us know if you’re interested in taking the plunge on Google’s new VR headset.