There’s only a few hours to go until technology giant Google begins its ‘Made by Google’ event. There’s been lots of rumours about what’ll be showcased, with new smartphones expected alongside the unveiling of the company’s next virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream. Now a new report has claimed the upcoming headset will be priced conservatively.
In a article today on Variety, the site ‘has learned from multiple sources’ that Daydream could be sold for around $79 USD, that’s obviously excluding the smartphone required to use the product. This puts Daydream under Samsung Gear VR which retails for $99, and currently dominates this end of the mobile market. One main advantage Daydream will also have is that it’ll be compatible with more than one brand of smartphone, opening the platform up to an even wider audience.
But the smartphones do have to be Daydream compatible, users won’t be able to just use any old device in the headset like Google Cardboard allows, as Daydream will be aiming for a high quality experience. So far ZTE’s Axon 7 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe have been officially certified with HTC, Samsung, LG, Huawei and Alcatel all confirming support. Two new phones are expected to be revealed today, called Pixel and Pixel XL. These are both being built by HTC along with rumours the company is also making the first Daydream headset to be unveiled at the event.
The report also claims that the first Daydream headsets could begin shipping later this month, but we won’t know that for sure until later today.
Over the weekend VRFocus reported on Google planning a series VR focused pop-up events from October through to December 2016 in NYC. While no confirmation of what hardware or software would be present, Daydream is most likely to be the main focus.
As the Made by Google event gets underway stay tuned to VRFocus for all the latest VR news from the showcase.