Announced back at Google’s 10/4 hardware event, the Daydream View is now shipping. While it is made for phones, not Chromebooks, this little device should stay on everyone’s radar.
Let me explain why.
Available to order (not pre-order) over at the Google Store, the Daydream View is Google’s reference design for what a Daydream headset should be. If you are wondering what Daydream is, it is simply Google’s focused effort on VR in Android 7.1 and is a platform to begin building solid VR experiences in the mobile space.
The Daydream View looks comfy, non-techy, and simple. And, while there aren’t a ton of Daydream-ready phones or apps yet, Google’s support behind this platform is clear and determined.
As it stands, only the Pixel, Pixel XL, and ZTE Axon 7 are made for Daydream, but many are on the horizon.
While this is a fun tech toy, the longer-range possibilities are even more intuiging. WebVR, a broad and sweeping initiative being developed with the help of companies like Google, Mozilla and Oculus, promises to bring virtual reality to the open web. We’ll talk more about this in a post tomorrow where we can detail more about what is possibly coming to Chrome and WebVR, but it is very exciting to say the least.
For me personally, I’ll use the Daydream View as a very nice Cardboard viewer until I have a Daydream-ready device to use with it. It should show up early next week!