You'll soon be able to get your hands on Daydream View, the $79 virtual reality headset Google unveiled last month. Google started taking preorders today (Nov. 1) with the headset arriving in stores on Nov. 10.
Google took the wraps off Daydream View at a press event last month, and the headset is clearly designed to take on Samsung's Gear VR. While it's powered by a smartphone just like the Gear VR, the Daydream View has a soft fabric feel and works wirelessly.
When we got a chance to try out the Daydream View last month, we were impressed by how comfortable it felt (though admittedly, we didn't get to wear it for a prolonged VR session) and how effortlessly it was to set up. We also liked the simple handheld controller — a two-button device that responds to the movements of your hand and tucks away into the headset when not in use.
Google's blog post announcing availability for the Daydream View touts the apps that will be available. Besides VR-friendly versions of Google offerings like YouTube, Street View and Google Play Movies, you'll also find VR games as well apps from Hulu, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Guardian among others.
What you won't find are a lot of phones that are Daydream-ready. Google's newly released Pixel and Pixel XL devices both work with the headset, of course, and the ZTE Axon 7 also boasts the specs required by Google's Daydream platform. When it announced the Daydream platform in May, Google said to expect Daydream-ready phones from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Asus and Alcatel.
In addition to the Google Store, the DayDream View will be available from Verizon and Best Buy in the US. The headset also goes on sale in Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK on Nov. 10. The version on sale at Google looks only to be available in the gray Slate color, though it's also supposed to ship in Snow and Crimson.