Google Slashes Daydream View VR Headset From $79 To $49

Early adopters who pounced on the Daydream View VR headset at launch for $79 should hightail it out of here, you will not want to read this next bit. Now just over a month later, Google has taken a chainsaw to the price of the Daydream View and shredded it down to $49. That's roughly a not-so-insignificant 38 percent price reduction, though for existing Daydream View who disregarded our warning, at least the initial selling price was far from being a king's ransom, especially in the VR space.

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By comparison (and this is by no means apples to apples, it's more like apples to a field of apple trees), the Oculus Rift runs $599 and the HTC Vive costs $799. Both are much higher end headsets, of course, though the point is that getting into VR is not always cheap or affordable at this early stage. That is part of what makes headsets like the Daydream View so intriguing, especially at its new price point.

For those of you who have not been following VR all that closely, the Daydream View is a basic headset and controller by Google that works with Daydream-ready smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat or later. At present the list of supported handsets is small, but growing. Google's own Pixel and Pixel XL both work with the Daydream View, as does Motorola's Moto Z, Moto Z Force Droid, and Moto Z Droid. More Daydream-ready phones are on the horizon, including the Mate 9 Pro from Huawei and ZenFone AR from ASUS.

Daydream View is the polished successor to the Google Cardboard accessory. It is lightweight, breathable, and hand washable. The headset also comes with a controller packed with sensors to detect movements and gestures, which adds another level of immersion and interactivity with VR content.

There are several different apps and games available for Daydream View, everything from Need for Speed: No Limits and Lego BrickHeadz to Google Street View and a variety of news media apps. You can also use Daydream View to watch Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming content on a virtual big screen.

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