In addition to announcing the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google also unveiled its first Daydream VR headset, dubbed Daydream View.
The Daydream View is made out of lightweight soft breathable fabric and foam, with an aim to provide maximum comfort when enjoying VR content. The panel where you will place your smartphone is made out of plastic though. The face mask is held in place with Velcro, which also happens to be removable and hand-washable. It is also much lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR at just 220 grams, which should make it a lot more comfortable to wear. While the headset is made to work with all smartphones compatible with Daydream, for now you will only be able to use it with Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, as no other device currently supports the platform.
While the Daydream View is similar to other headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR as far as basic functionality goes, it does pack a few features that do help differentiate it from other similar products. The controller setup comprises of a clickable trackpad, volume buttons, home button, menu button, and sensors to track movement.
Another area where the Daydream View aims to outshine its competitors is the setup process. Google claims users will be able to start enjoying VR content on the Daydream View without having to go through any complicated process. All you will need to do is place your unlocked smartphone on the front panel and the Daydream interface will load automatically.
The Daydream View will be up for pre-order in the US on October 20th via the Play Store for $79. Wider availability is slated for early November, which is when it will be launching in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. Buyers will be able to enjoy a wide range of VR content from Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Google Photos, Street View, and YouTube. Google also promised that a number of exciting VR games will also be available for the platform.
Via: The Verge