Posted Fri Dec 9, 2016 at 07:30 AM PST by Steven Cohen
New Daydream View headset colors and VR apps are now available.
Google has announced the release of limited edition Crimson and Snow Daydream View models in the US, UK, and Australia. The new colors join the previously released Slate version. In addition, several new apps have also launched for the Daydream platform, including VR editions of HBO Go and HBO Now.
Unlike most VR headsets, the Daydream View is made with flexible and soft breathable fabrics, allowing the device to be 30% lighter than similar products while providing added comfort. Likewise, the headset has also been designed to fit over glasses. To use the Daydream View, customers simply need to drop in a Daydream-ready smartphone (like the Google Pixel) and lock it into place. From there, the phone and headset connect wirelessly with an auto alignment system. In addition, the product includes a compact controller packed with sensors, letting customers interact with content through movements and gesture. And when not in use, the controller can slide right inside the headset for easy storage.
When it comes to content, the Daydream VR platform offers a growing collection of virtual reality apps from over 50 partners, including the recent addition of HBO Go and HBO Now. With the HBO apps for Daydream, users can now watch every episode of every season of original series like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Westworld,' along with iconic favorites and popular films on a virtual big screen. HBO Go requires an authenticated pay-TV subscription while HBO Now is a standalone subscription service. Beyond HBO, the Daydream platform now supports the NextVR app as well, offering live concerts, sports, and events in virtual reality. Likewise, Netflix support is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Finally, several new games, including 'Gunjack 2' and 'LEGO® BrickHeadz,' are also available now.
The new Crimson and Snow Daydream View models are available from the Google Store in the US (coming soon to Verizon, Best Buy) for $79.
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