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This article was published on November 2, 2016

Google’s Daydream View VR headset-controller combo hits stores next week

Google’s Daydream View VR headset-controller combo hits stores next week
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Earlier this month, Google showed off a nifty-looking VR headset for your phone that pairs with a handheld controller to let you enjoy more immersive virtual reality experiences than a Cardboard viewer would allow.

You can get your hands on it next week: The $80 Daydream View is arriving in stores on November 10 in five countries:

  • US: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 USD
  • Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
  • UK: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69
  • Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69
  • Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)

It’ll also be available online on the Google Store in select countries. The company began accepting pre-orders for the device last month.

Thanks to its controller, the Daydream View kinda-sorta bridges the gap between the first generation of mobile VR headsets and high-end ones that tether to PCs, like the HTC Vive. It lets you interact with objects in experiences like a bat in a virtual baseball game or the throttle in a spacecraft.

Of course, graphics fidelity will still depend on your phone’s performance; still, the Daydream View will open up a whole new set of VR experiences that go beyond what you can access without having to first shell out a pile of cash on a top-end gaming PC.

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