Google Unveils Daydream View Virtual Reality Headset

Google Daydream VR - Publicity - H 2016
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Google Daydream VR - Publicity - H 2016

The headset, which comes in three colors, will go on sale in November for $79.

Google is making a big virtual reality push with the the Tuesday morning unveiling of its Daydream View VR headset. 

The device, which will go on sale in November for $79, will work with Android phones that are equipped with the Daydream software. It comes in three colors — dark grey, light grey and red — and is made out of a soft, breathable fabric. Each device also comes with a controller that allows for interactivity within the virtual reality worlds. 

Google announced its Daydream VR platform at its I/O developers conference in May. When the headsets ship in November, customers will be able to tap into a number of Google apps designed for VR. YouTube, for example, will offer a library of videos that play on a virtual big screen from BuzzFeed, CollegeHumor, PrankvsPrank and others. Google Street View will offer tours of historic places, Google Play Movies will make videos and TV shows available to watch in a VR theater and Google Photos will display 360-degree photos.

Daydream will also offer content from partners that include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There will also be live sports, access to VR version of Netflix, Hulu and HBO, and games. 

Google waded into virtual reality in 2014 with the launch of Cardboard, a design for smartphone-enabled headsets that can be made and distributed for a low price.

Daydream View will be available for preorder on Oct. 20 at Verizon and the Google Store.