Google’s Daydream View Virtual Reality headset came out in November (at least in the US) last year. This was not Google’s first foray into VR, but a sign that they took the technology seriously. Not even two months later, and they have announced another headset. However, unlike the first, which was designed primarily as a companion to their Pixel phones, this headset is developed by a third party. Specifically, Chinese mobile giant Huawei.
Expanding the Daydream family
Google announced the development of the new Daydream headset on their blog. Amit Singh, VP of Business and Operations for AR and VR, wrote about the headset alongside announcing a broad range of Daydream ready mobile phones. Singh writes specifically about the headset:”Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be utilised without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.”
Details on the new headset are limited. What is known is that Google’s motion controller, which comes with the base Daydream View, will be compatible with this new headset. From pictures, it looks like Huawei is taking notes from Samsung’s Gear VR. The main difference being no cover on the front of the headset. More information will likely come from Huawei later this year, including a release date, price plans and accompanying software.
Pushing Daydream even further
Alongside the news of Huawei’s headset, Google has also announced more Daydream-ready headset. Huawei has not one, but two mobiles to offer for Google’s VR project. The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 9 both have WQHD displays, which fits Google’s mission statement of high-quality graphics for their VR experiences. There is also Asus’s Zenfone AR, which will also come with Google’s AR project Tango. Finally, there is the ZTE Axon 7, which appears to be the most affordable headset to use Daydream. Keep an eye on VR-Zone to learn more about Daydream and the release dates of all these phones.