Google has today announced the launch of its virtual reality headset, Daydream View, in India. The VR headset along with controller will be exclusively available on Flipkart for Rs 6,499 starting from today.
The Google Daydream View virtual reality headset is made of light and comfortable soft micro fibre instead of plastic or cardboard material used in most of the VR headsets. Daydream works with smartphones that are powered by Android Nougat. Currently, only the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones are the devices that are compatible with the Daydream VR headset along with Moto Z smartphone. Google says that Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 will soon become compatible with the VR headset.
It is also reported that other big brands like HTC, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei will also soon launch Daydream-compatible smartphones. With Daydream View, you can watch movies, TV shows, and even play VR games. It supports apps like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies and Google Photos and games like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Then there is a controller, which lets users interact with the virtual world and is packed with sensors that respond precisely to a user’s movement and gestures. After using it, users can slide it into a specially-created area within the headset.
Speaking on the launch, Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Google said, “Daydream View promises users a mesmerising experience. Swim with a pod of dolphins, stand at the edge of a volcano and even visit Pluto with Daydream View. Users can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere. Our aim is to make the VR experience mobile so that customers can easily carry it anywhere with them. We at Google are also working with developers, smartphone companies, and content creators to make VR accessible to all.”