Google revel the Daydream View, a fabric covered virtual reality headset that’s designed to work with the new Pixel phones. The company says the headset is inspired by clothing, and features soft, breathable fabric that make it comfortable to wear and also 30-percent lighter than competing devices. Google first announced its Daydream VR platform at its I/O conference earlier this year.
Google says it weighs 220 grams. Daydream View is made of foam and soft fabric, with a hinged plastic panel where you place an Android phone. The face mask is held in by Velcro, so its removable and hand-washable.
The headset will automatically launch Daydream on phones when they are inserted, and the included controller even fits in its own hidden pocket when it’s not being used. The Daydream wireless controller has one home button and one menu button, plus a clickable trackpad on the end, volume buttons on one side, and motion tracking sensors.
The announcement included games a Harry Potter (“Fantastic Beasts”) video game, a VR shooter called Gunjack 2 from the developers of EVE online and several educational demos. Netflix and Hulu among others will have VR interfaces for Daydream.
The Daydream View costs for$79 with controller and will start shipping in November. Pre orders in the US begin on October 20th at the Google Store and the Verizon retailers. It will also be available in the Canada $99, UK 69-pounds, Germany 69-Euro and Australia $119. Daydream View both headset and controller will come in one color Slate, later in 2016 it will add “snow” and “crimson” color, both of which will come with an off-white controller.
Currently Daydream View is only working on Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but it will allegedly be compatible with other Daydream-enabled devices.