Google just fired two shots across mainstream VR’s virtual bow. Google released the Daydream “View” VR Headset and the HTC manufactured Pixel and Pixel XL phones yesterday, October 4.
The View is to be positioned as a higher end mobile VR device which will only be compatible with specific flagship or high end phones from select manufacturers which are Daydream certified, first of which are the two Pixel models from HTC.
The View comes with a small remote with two buttons and what looks like a circular trackpad similar to the one on the HTC Vive. The View has a very precise motion tracker and is also designed with soft fabric textures for a more inviting first impression to first time VR users.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are 5 and 5.5 inch cellphones with Snapdragon 821 processors, AMOLED capacitive touchscreens and aluminum unibodies. They’re the first Daydream – certified cellphones, though Google has also stated that Hauwei, Samsung, LG, Mi, ZTE, Asus and Alcatel will all be releasing phones for their mobile VR platform.
The View is priced at $79, while the Pixel lineup starts at $649 for the 5″ Pixel with 32GB of storage, all the way up to $869 for the Pixel XL with 128GB of storage.