Google announced today that its DayDream View virtual reality (VR) headset will become available to customers next week, on November 10. You’ll be able to buy the peripheral directly from Google, or from several retailers.
“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,” Google VR director of product management Mike Jazayeri writes. “It will be available November 10th on the Google Store and at retailers across five countries.”
Those retailers include:
United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)
Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP)
Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR)
Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)
As interesting, Google is also highlighting some of the VR experiences you’ll be able to enjoy with Dreamdream View. These include Hulu VR, which as you might imagine provides that service’s TV and movie content in VR, plus provides a few bits of original content; YouTube VR; and Google Play Movies, The Wall Street Journal VR, The Guardian VR, and NYT VR, Google Street View, and some animations and games.
From what I can tell, Dreamdream View seems to be a step up from the bare-bones Cardboard VR experience, which is actually surprisingly excellent for the price. But it adds interactivity, and while you won’t see the same kinds of games we get on things like PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, it does appear that Daydream VR will at least justify its price.