Google Goes VR With Daydream View, The Gaming Headset We’ve Been Waiting For
Google has taken the wraps off its first full-on virtual reality headset, called Daydream View.
Google has taken the wraps off its first full-on virtual reality headset, called Daydream View. It looks like this could be the mobile gaming headset that really brings VR gaming into the mainstream at last.
Daydream View is a headset that straps on and holds your phone to create worlds which change as you move your head and look around inside them. Unlike other similar VR headsets, that can leave your face marked and neck tired, this is 30 per cent lighter, says Google.
The headset also works with a controller which is motion sensitive meaning it’ll be perfect for gaming with things like swinging a bat or pointing a gun taking on a more real feel.
Already games have been announced like EarthShape from the same guy behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume. This was described by the creator Mike Bithell on his blog as: “a little arcadey puzzler”. He goes on to say it’s: “a game about the millennia spanning mission of the first astronaut to leave Earth and terraform the universe. A 'StarSeeker' joined by a plucky lander. Together, they'll travel the universe planting flowers and kicking off life through a fun new gameplay mechanic.”
Other games announced so far are: Wonderglade, Gunjack 2, LEGO BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby and Hungry Shark World.
Google Daydream View will initially only support the Google Pixel smartphones but as new handsets come out with support for it they can be used also. The VR headset will be available at different times worldwide with US pre-orders starting on 20 October. Pricing is:
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)