Google Daydream View VR: Google had first unveiled the headset earlier this year. Now we have learned that they’ll release the VR headset on November 15. At present, you can buy pre-order Google’s Daydream View VR on Google web store. The search giant has recently started selling their Pixel smartphone, which is the first phone to support the VR.
Daydream View is basically a mobile VR headset similar to Samsung’s Gear VR headset. The headset features an external control that double as a Wii-like gamepad that helps track motion fo the gameplay among other things.
The headset is compatible with Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones but isn’t limited to Google phones alone. Daydream has partnered with Android smartphones like Huawei, Asus, Samsung and Xiaomi that will launch phones compatible with the headset. Phones that are already available will not support the new device. So you can’t even use high-end handsets like Samsung S7 or iPhone.
Google claims that by the end of the year, over 50 apps will be available for Daydream which includes – Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube, NBA, MLB, CNN as well as VR apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and USA Today. Games related apps will include “Eve Gunjack 2,” “Lego Brick Headz Dream Builder,” “Need for Speed No Limits,” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Additionally, there’s be an app for Baobab’s “Invasion!” animated VR short film as well as a Jaunt VR app.
Speaking of the limitation of the headset, it doesn’t support positional tracking which means several app that are available on high-end VR headsets like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PlayStation VR won’t work on this headset.
The cost of the VR headset is $79 and it’s available at the Google’s web store as well as Best Buy and Verizon stores. Google claims that the device will ship within the next 2-3 weeks.