Google is taking the next step on its virtual reality journey with the introduction of its own VR headset.
Dubbed Daydream View, the headset is designed to go hand-in-hand with Daydream, a platform for mobile virtual reality that Google plans to release this fall. Daydream was first unveiled at its annual I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. in May.
“Our goal for Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality. It should be mobile so you can easily carry it with you, and it should be friendly and accessible so everyone can enjoy using it,” virtual reality vice-president Clay Bavor said.
“We’ve been working with developers, smartphone companies and content creators to make the dream a reality—and now, we’re excited to share updates across the three key elements of Daydream: Smartphones, headsets and VR experiences.”
Aside from a Daydream View headset, you will also need a Daydream-ready phone, like Google’s brand new Pixel phones, to get started. The phone must be popped into the headset before viewing can begin.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, the first Daydream-ready phones, run on Android 7.0 Nougat and are built with high-resolution displays, powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors capable of supporting great VR experiences. And, according to Google, there are many more Daydream-compatible phones on the way from leading Android smartphone makers. Daydream will even use your favorite apps —such as YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and the Play Store —and transform them into a virtual reality experience.
Daydream View, which comes in slate, snow or crimson, will make its debut in November at the Google Store and at several retail partners in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany and Australia. Here’s the breakdown:
In the U.S., Daydream View will be available for pre-order beginning Oct. 20 at Verizon and the Google Store. Slate will be available in all countries at launch, and snow and crimson will be coming to the U.S., U.K. and Australia after.
You can sign up on the Google Store to receive a notification when Daydream View becomes available.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.