After the success of the Cardboard, Google is determined to build a high quality virtual reality platform that can be competitive. The search company made impressive sales with their low-cost VR device, where they were able to shift over 5 million units so far.
After almost two years, Google recently unveiled their latest VR headset to selected countries on November 10. Currently, different retailers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia are selling the Daydream View and its paired controller, but it is also available at the Google Store page for $79.
Here is the price list of retailers across five countries:
• United States: $79 (USD)
• Canada: $99 (CAD)
• United Kingdom: £69 (GBP)
• Germany: €69 (EUR)
• Australia: $119 (AUD)
“With Daydream View and a Daydream-ready phone like Pixel, you’ll be able to kick back in your personal cinema, explore new worlds and get in the game like never before,” according to Google.
There are plenty of reasons why you should be excited about this newcomer on the wearable market. Let this list of features provide you with an idea:
- Material: Soft cloth and foam
- Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Battery: 220 mAh with a run-time of up to 12 hours
- Connectivity: Supports fast charging, USB type-C connector, NFC
- Sensors: 9 axis IMUs for precision tracking, wireless, Bluetooth low energy (LE)
- Colour: Slate (available), Crimson and Snow (soon)
- Apps: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gunjack 2, Danger Goat, Fantastic Beasts, Where to Find Them and more
The Daydream will be compatible with the latest smartphones. Google announced that they are working with different companies to produce Daydream-ready phones including Samsung, Alcael, ZTE, Asus, LG, Xiaomi, and Huawei. However, the first official Daydream-compatible handset will be their very own Pixel phone.
Although standalone smart headsets are already dominating the market, the Daydream is still highly competitive considering that it offers plenty of apps and a seamless VR experience via an affordable device.
But Google should be wary of the Loop VR by OnePlus. In June, the company gave away free VR headsets to selected OnePlus 3 users.
“It’s substantial and attractively designed for something that’s free,” according to Pocket Lint.
Similar to the Daydream, it is not as powerful as other VR platforms that can run tether-free. But OnePlus did an impressive job on this device considering that it’s free. We should expect that its successor will be more powerful, as OnePlus is known to build mobile devices that do not compromise beauty over performance and vice versa. In fact, their latest handset was rated 4.3-star by O2 users for its ease of use and great features.
Google is on the right track as experts foresee a huge demand for head-mounted devices in the coming years. Based on the data presented by Tractica, more than 200 million consumer virtual reality headsets will be sold globally over the next three years, where the annual growth rate will increase by 142% from 2014-2020.
Google offered a teaser on what people should expect next on the Daydream View. In their official blog post about the new VR headset, they presented the following upcoming features to watch out for on the device:
- Hulu VR
- Youtube VR
- Google Play Movies
- INVASION! (Animation)
- Star Chart
- Street View
- Underworld – The Guardian VR
- Hunters Gate (Game)
- Need for Speed: No Limits
- Home Run Derby
The search giant is also bringing Google Arts & Culture to Daydream, which will allow users to visit over 50 world-renowned museums in a virtual space. Users will be able to zoom in to see brushstroke-level details of each masterpiece.
Exclusively written for TeCake.in by TechnoloJen