Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones may now be rolling out to stores, but we still don’t have an exact release date for the company’s Daydream View VR headset. Its launch window has seemingly been narrowed down a little this week, though.
The search engine giant is taking pre-orders for the kit, which works with its new phones, online. If you add the $79/£69 headset to your basket in the UK, you’ll be told that it’s expected to be delivered in two to three weeks. That means it could be here as early as November 7th or as late as November 14th.
In the US, meanwhile, Verizon is taking pre-orders with the note that it will ship by November 16th, which means it could be arriving a little later on. Either way, it’s not that long to wait. We’ve reached out to Google to confirm that these listings are accurate.
Once Daydream View is here, Pixel owners will have access to a whole new library of mobile VR content, including exclusive releases like CCP Games’ Gunjack 2: End of Shift and a Fantastic Beasts And How to Find Them game. The device also comes with a motion controller that’s required to access content and can be stored inside the headset when not in use. Over time, more compatible smartphones will be released from other manufacturers as will Daydream-branded headsets.
All told Daydream View represents the first serious competition to Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR in the mobile space, though it does have some issues. We went hands-on with the kit in early October and had some issues with comfort and the lack of an over-head strap, though still saw plenty of promise.
We also spoke with Google’s VP of VR, Clay Bavor, back at the reveal of Daydream View. He gave us five fascinating insights into the kit.