Google Daydream View: price, release date and features

Google teased its Daydream VR plans earlier this year during its I/O conference, but now we finally have a good look at its virtual reality hardware and software.

Daydream View relies on your phone to power the VR experience, so any phone that can run Google's Daydream app will be able to use the headset. Of course, the Pixel and Pixel XL phones work perfectly with Daydream View.

Daydream View price and release date

Google Daydream View will be available on November 10 for $79 (£69, AU$119) in the Google Store. That puts it at $20 less than the Samsung Gear VR.

Google Daydream View

Google is also running a promotion for those who purchase a Pixel phone. When you buy a Pixel via the Google Play store, you'll receive a code good for one free Daydream View headset. The offer is only good while supplies last, and the code will expire after December 31.

If you're looking to pick up a Daydream View headset on store shelves, here's where you can buy one per region:

  • 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)

Special features

What makes Daydream View unique is that it comes with a remote control that cleverly tucks into the headset when you're not using it. The remote allows you to control your phone wirelessly and precisely for navigating menus, playing games and even walking around virtually in Google Street View.

Daydream View

Google says it made Daydream View out of cloth because that's the type of material people actually wear on their bodies. Instead of hard plastic like competitors, Daydream View is covered in cloth and will be available in three colors: Snow, Slate and Crimson, though the latter two options won't be available at launch.

Google Daydream View

Gaming and video are where Daydream View really come into play. The headset will allow users to access the entire YouTube catalog in VR. While non-VR videos will play "on a cinema-sized screen," it's 360-video that makes Daydream View compelling. For example, Google showed off a video of what it's like to watch dinosaurs come to life inside a museum wearing the headset.

While a not a premium viewer like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, Daydream View could carve out a solid following in the mobile VR space, especially since its price is so affordable.