Daydream View, Google’s highly anticipated virtual reality headset and controller for Daydream-ready smartphones, will be available November 10th on the Google Store and at retailers across five countries including Canada.
Being soft and lightweight and with a modern design, the Daydream View is significantly different from phone-powered headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and its own line of Google Cardboard headsets.
The first compatible phones will be Google’s own Pixel line of phones which just launched last month. The headset will be available for $99 CAD through Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Best Buy as well as Google’s own online store where there’s a waiting list available. It’s also available in the US, the UK, Germany and Australia.
Google is positioning itself as a leader in the AR and VR space – facing rivals including Facebook-backed Oculus. In a series of strategic acquisitions, it bought AR and VR eye-tracking startup Eyefluence just last week.
The stated goal of Daydream – unlike more expensive hardware like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – is to bring high-quality VR to everyone.