At Google I/O 20126 in May, Google announced Daydream, a mobile VR platform aimed at "simple, high-quality virtual reality". Today, Google has revealed the first headset in the Daydream platform, the Daydream View. The Daydream View is a headset dock for Daydream-enabled smartphones, alongside a handheld controller.
"Our goal for Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality. It should be mobile so you can easily carry it with you, and it should be friendly and accessible so everyone can enjoy using it," wrote Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor. "We've been working with developers, smartphone companies and content creators to make the dream a reality."
The Daydream View will apparently only work with Daydream-enabled phones, a list that only includes the Google Pixel and Pixel XL at this point.
The Daydream View is built primarily out of fabric, making the entire device lightweight and comfortable. Daydream-enabled phones can tell when they're dropped into the headset via auto-alignment sensors, making it easy for users to switch from normal use to VR. The Daydream controller is a motion sensor, meant to understand a user's moves and gestures. When not in use, the controller slides into the front of the headset itself.
The Daydream View will initially come in three colors: Slate, Snow, and Crimson, with the latter two colors coming after launch. (Grey, White, and Red for normal folks.) The headset will be releasing this November in five countries at specific retail partners. Folks in the United States can pre-order the View starting on October 20.
- 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)
Google is planning on offering VR content through YouTube, Google Street View, Google Photos, and an assortment of VR-enabled games. As an example, Thomas Was Alone and Volume developer Mike Bithell has a title called EarthShape on the way.
"I wanted to make something small and fun, and started building a little mobile game. A little arcadey puzzler. I made it for VR, because that’s what I’d been working with for a few months," wrote Bithell. "And once I heard about Daydream from Google, the little seed of a game grew into a magnificent shrub. And now it’s ready to announce. It’s called EarthShape, and it’s a game about the millennia spanning mission of the first astronaut to leave Earth and terraform the universe."
CCP has Gunjack 2: End of Shift coming to Google Daydream, alongside LEGO BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby and Hungry Shark World.