Google Daydream View VR headset was announced with much fanfare last year in October last year, alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Now, eight months later, Google has launched the VR headset in India priced at Rs 6,499. It can be purchased exclusively via Flipkart. Also Read - YouTube testing offline video downloads on desktop feature: How to enable
Google and Flipkart have some exciting offers for the buyers. If you are an existing Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Moto Z customer then you can get the Daydream headset at a straightaway price of Rs 3,999. There is no cost EMI plan which lets you own the device at just Rs 923 per month and you can also avail a wallet cash back of Rs 300 if the transaction is made via PhonePe app which is Flipkart’s homegrown mobile wallet. Also Read - Redmi Smart TV 32-inch, 43-inch with Android 11 launched in India, price starts at Rs 15,999
Daydream View isn’t the company’s first feat in VR headsets. Google had previously released the ultra-affordable Google Cardboard which came across as more of a DIY project. Now, the Daydream View VR headset is a massive step up from Google Cardboard. Google has created a dedicated platform for the same, which is available on select flagship smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
The Daydream ready VR headset comes in a compact box and alongside it contains the Daydream View remote controller, user manuals and a strap which you can plug on to the controller to avoid accidental drops. The VR headset comes all wrapped in fabric finish which feels well cushioned and premium. “Inspired by the clothes we enjoy wearing, the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric,” Google said in its blog post. The Daydream View VR headset is comfortable on eyes and can be worn with glasses too.
Unlike the HTC Vive and Oculus VR headsets, the Daydream View VR headset comes with a strap going end to end on side. A top band to go above head is amiss here and thus the headset rests on your ears. The cushion helps here to avoid strain on your forehead and nose when wearing it.
The Daydream View remote controller accompanying the headset connects via Bluetooth and has USB Type-C port for charging. It has three buttons – Select, Menu and Home buttons on the front, allowing you to perform actions while using a Daydream app. There is volume rocker button on the left of it for easy media volume control. The VR headset comes with a slot inside to keep the remote controller hooked there. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ to gain Daydream VR support this summer: Google
Google Daydream View features and specifications
The Daydream View VR headset comes with NFC support on board, so accessing Daydream content becomes speedy. Users can just place a Daydream compatible phone on primary flap and lock to start viewing the content. Presently, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Moto Z are Daydream ready smartphones available in the market. Google announced at the I/O conference 2017 that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will soon get Daydream support. Also, Asus Zenfone AR smartphone which is Google Tango and Google Daydream ready is expected to go on sale later this year.
What all content you can view? For starters, all YouTube videos including non-360 videos can be viewed on the Daydream View VR headset. At the time, the only handful of Daydream apps and games are available such as LEGO Brick, PlayGround, Google Arts & Culture among other. For all those who look forward to spoiling themselves binge-watching on the VR headset, Netflix can be streamed in VR as well. Google is said to bring Daydream support to more its services like Google Photos, Google Play Movies and Street View on Google Map. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5: From Daydream support to QHD display with HDR, here are 5 features we expect from the next flagship killer
Google is encouraging app developers and smartphone makers to adopt Daydream in more of their product. As of now, there are just a handful of apps that support Daydream View, but more are expected to become available going forward. We will be using the Daydream View VR headset and come up with our review soon, so stay tuned for that.