Google’s Daydream View VR Headset Debuts November 10th

Debuting in plenty of time to be added to your favorite tech geek’s Christmas list: the newest in virtual reality by Google.

The Alphabet company’s Daydream View VR headset officially hits the market on November 10th, as announced via a blog post on Tuesday. In the US, Verizon & Best Buy will carry the Daydream View—which retails for $79—and Google has the device for sale in its online store. The headset comes in one color to start, Slate, but will be offered in Crimson & Snow at a later date.

The Daydream View ships with a controller and accompanying wrist strap, which charges via USB-C cable (not included). The headset itself weighs less than 8 ounces, and is constructed out of stretch fabric.

At several hundred dollars cheaper than Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset, which first hit Best Buy earlier this year, the Daydream View could be just the competition that the VR market needs to gain wider acceptance, particularly amongst a more casual audience. However, one caveat for Google’s virtual reality platform is that the technology requires a Daydream-ready phone—in addition to the headset—to function. Currently, the only phone on the market that meets this requirement is the Google Pixel; though, given the tech is built into Android Nougat, there will be additional options out there at some point.

Daydream View is the follow-up to the low-tech Google Cardboard, and supports VR apps from Hulu, YouTube, and publishers such as the New York Times. The company has an exclusive MLB-sponsored “Home Run Derby” game and access to EA’s “Need for Speed: No Limits VR” available to consumers at launch. Google also did a tie-in with the new JK Rowling movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themto give fans behind-the-scenes access into the film through virtual reality.

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