DayDream Second Generation Headset Goes on Sale 10/19/2017
Google made the announcement this week of a new generation of their virtual reality headset, DayDream. The new VR device goes alongside with the Pixel 2 phones, and the device looks like squishy, cloth-covered smartphone headset, with the same controller and features as the first generation Daydream View.
However, the headset got a fresh look and couple new design tweaks, as well as new and improved lenses. The headset is priced at $99 each, slightly pricier than the first generation price of $79. There are also option to purchase different colors (god, coral, charcoal). Pre-orders can be made as of today, and the headset will officially go on sales on October 19th.
The first DayDream headset was released almost a year ago, where it was exclusively for the Google Pixel phone. Since then, several phones have been added and there are over a dozen Daydream-ready Android devices as of now, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the newest LG V30. Google’s original vision was to make Daydream as a platform for various headsets, but as of now, the headset is only available for the US region. The new release of the second generation will be made available for launch in the UK, Germany, India, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Korea, and Japan.
In the US, Korea, and UK, anyone who purchase a new View headset prior before the end of the year also receive a free bundle of popular games. Google is also releasing a variety of YouTube VR videos series alongside with the View.
Google announced earlier this year that the they were working with partners on a standalone VR headset, which would not require a phone to work with. However, it appears that we must wait to hear more about these in the upcoming days. When these headsets arrive, it will take on a much different market segment than the View, which aimed at little higher price than the entry level Cardboard like mobile VR headsets that Google first revealed in 2014.