Google Daydream View VR headset confirmed for Nov. 10 launch in five countries


Google’s biggest push yet into the virtual reality market, the Daydream View smartphone headset, is now confirmed for a November 10th launch in five countries. The company previously said the headset would be available sometime this month but now we have a specific date.

Pre-orders for the Daydream View are already live at the Google Store and Verizon Wireless. On November 10, the following countries, carriers and retailers will officially begin selling the headset:

  • 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)

The Daydream View currently works only with Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but other Android devices are supposed to add support for the headset in the future.

In its blog post, Google also pointed out a number of VR apps and games that will work with the Daydream View. Not only can Daydream View owners watch the full library of movies and TV shows on Hulu through the headset, there will be two exclusive VR shows just for Daydream owners. One will be a news program called “The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality”, while the other will be the VR comedy show “Virtually Mike and Nora”.

Some of Google’s own apps, such as YouTube and Street View, will be optimized for the Daydream View. Other apps that will work with the headset include games like CCP’s space shooter Gunjack 2 and EA’s racing game Need for Speed: No Limits VR.

Of course, the number of people who will be getting the Daydream View will be highly limited at first, but Google could sell a lot more of the headset in the future as more smartphones add support for it. Are you interested in getting the Daydream View?

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