Google today launched the Daydream View VR headset and controller in India, a year after it was released at Google I/O developers conference. The Daydream View VR which will be sold only on Flipkart is priced at Rs 6,499.

The View is a major improvement over the Cardboard, Google’s previous offering, in terms of comfort as well as the built. Weighing at around 220 grams, it is also lighter than Samsung’s GearVR headset. The View is made of foam and soft washable fabric and while Cardboard was compatible with most phones, the Daydream View VR will work exclusively with a Daydream-ready smartphone. While not many smartphones in India come with native support for Daydream, Google does expect a number of manufacturers to get onboard.

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL line-up were the first Daydream-ready phones, followed by the Motorola Moto Z.  Samsung has also promised Daydream support soon on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Google's Daydream VR controller.
Google’s Daydream VR controller.

“Our aim is to make the VR experience mobile so that customers can easily carry it anywhere with them. We at Google are also working with developers, smartphone companies, and content creators to make VR accessible to all,” said Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Google, in a statement.

Google also announced Daydream 2.0, code-named Euphrates, at Google I/O 2017, last month. The second iteration of Daydream is scheduled to be available for all daydream devices later this year.

Publish date: June 12, 2017 5:21 pm| Modified date: June 12, 2017 5:21 pm

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