Google on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited virtual reality headset, called the Daydream View. It will cost $79 when it launches in November, Google says.
The Daydream View is a Google-designed virtual reality headset designed to work with phones that are compatible with its VR platform. Google’s Pixel phones are the first such devices to be Daydream-ready.
Unlike most VR headsets, the Daydream View is made of soft fabric, more closely resembling clothing than hardware. It’s also designed to be easily worn with glasses. The headset will be available in three colors: Slate, Crimson, and Snow.
But what really seems to set the Daydream View apart from competing headsets is its accompanying controller. The remote comes with sensors that enable users to point, swing, and aim it precisely — turning it into a magic wand or a weapon, depending on the game being played. The headset also includes a slot for storing the controller when not in use.
Google has 50 partners bringing apps and games to Daydream before the end of the year, it says, including one experience based on J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.