Google announces the Daydream View VR headset

Today at its October hardware event Google
showed off its latest VR initiatives, including a Daydream headset. The $79 Daydream View VR headset looks quite
a bit different from other headsets on the market with its fabric exterior. The design is meant to be more comfortable
and friendly. While Samsung’s $99 Gear VR requires the
user to slot the phone into the headset using the phone’s data port. Google is opting to keep the headset as simple
as possible without any embedded sensors or controls. Instead it connects wirelessly to the phone. Speaking of controls, Google’s VR headset
includes a single Daydream controller. The controller will have three-degrees-of-freedom,
meaning it isn’t as sophisticated as the controllers on desktop VR headsets but it
can do just about everything a Nintendo Wiimote can do thanks to motion-sensing IMUs. The Daydream headset is largely just a refined
viewer that fits into the new Android Nougat ecosystem with its low-latency VR mode. Similar to other mobile options, the Daydream
View won’t have any external trackers to enable something like positional tracking. Google’s headset may not have all of the
bells and whistles available on more serious VR headsets on the market right now but it
will bring a quality Android VR experience to people sporting the latest Pixel phones.

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5 thoughts on “Google announces the Daydream View VR headset

  1. I just got a galaxy s7 a few months back and I'm the kind of person that sticks to their phone for a few years, I have a gear vr headset and it's nice and all but this looks really cool to use as well, kinda hoping maybe sometime they will make an update to let my phone use it as well

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