As Google Launches its new smartphone on Wednesday titled Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL also unveiled a new Daydream View VR headset. The new Daydream headsets still look like squishy, cloth-covered mobile headsets, with the same controller and basic features as the first Daydream View. But they’ve got a new look and a few design tweaks, as well as new (and per Google, improved) lenses. They’ll sell for $99 apiece, slightly more than the $79 original View, and now come in “charcoal,” “fog,” and “coral” editions. Preorders open today, with the headsets launching on October 19th.
The first Daydream View was released in November of 2016 exclusively for the Google Pixel. Several phones have added Daydream support since then; there are now over a dozen Daydream-ready Android devices, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and upcoming LG V30. Google initially envisioned Daydream as a platform with multiple headsets, but so far, the View is the only one available in the US. The new View will launch in 11 countries: the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, India, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, and Korea.
In the US, UK, and Korea, anyone who buys a View headset before the end of the year will get a free bundle of popular games. Google is also launching a variety of YouTube VR video series alongside the View.
As for what’s new, Google says the latest iteration of the Daydream View VR headset has high-performance lenses for improved viewing clarity as well as a wider field of view. The headset is also constructed out of “premium two-tone fabric”, said to make it soft and light. It will be made available in three new colour variants: Fog, Charcoal, and Coral. The headset is compatible with the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and any other Daydream-ready smartphone. Like the previous headset, it ships with a controller in the box.
At the event, Google also announced that its Daydream mobile VR platform now has over 250 titles (apps and games) to choose from. There is also more new premium content users can choose, from Ed Sheeran in Austin City Limits Backstage, to Trevor Noah in The Confessional, and offerings like The Female Planet, Discovery’s TRLVR, and IMAX 3D support in Google Play Movies.