GOOGLE HAS LAUNCHED Daydream View, a fabric-coated virtual reality (VR) headset that's the first to support the firm's Daydream platform.
The odd-looking facemask, which has probably been designed to match your sofa seeing as you're not going to leave it once you have one, requires a Daydream-compatible smartphone to function, which is handy as Google has just launched the Nougat-powered Pixel and Pixel XL with Daydream support.
The View is 30 per cent lighter than other smartphone-powered VR headsets, according to the firm, and is easier to use. The handset automatically switches to VR mode when the latch is opened and the phone is inserted.
Once you've strapped the Daydream View to your face, you can navigate around Google's Daydream platform, which offers content from the likes of The New York Times, CNN, IMAX and developers Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, which you'll find at the firm's Oculus-style VR marketplace.
Daydream View, which follows the success of the firm's Cardboard viewer, also come with a Wii-style handheld controller for more immersive experiences, which fits inside the headset so you don't lose it.
The Google Daydream View will launch initially in a 'Slate' model, and 'Snow' (white) and 'Crimson' (red, FFS) models will arrive later this year.
It will be priced at £69 when it goes on sale in November, cheaper than the similarly specced Samsung Gear VR. EE has been quick to announce that it will offer it in the UK.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are the only smartphones to currently offer Daydream support, but Google promised that "a lot" of other compatible devices will arrive in the coming months.
Huawei has already confirmed that it will be one of the first to support the platform, hinting that the upcoming Huawei P9 will be Daydream compatible. µ
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