Google’s Daydream View (2017) VR headset is now available to buy directly from the Google Store. This is the second-generation model and one which was announced during the company’s October 4 event alongside a wealth of other ‘made by Google’ branded products including the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL. However, since then, the new Daydream View has only been available to pre-order. Which is what has now changed as not only is the Daydream View (2017) now generally available, but it is listed as in stock and is ready to ship.
Well, one of the colors is. When Google first announced the new Daydream View, the company confirmed that it would be available to buy in a selection of colors including Charcoal, Coral, and Fog. At present only the Coral version is listed as in stock and ready to ship. Those more keen on the Charcoal version won’t have to wait long though as October 22 is the date currently provided by the Google Store as to when this color option will be available to ship from. The Fog version (shown above) on the other hands, is not showing a fixed date for in stock/shipping availability and simply states it will ship in 2-3 weeks.
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As for the headset, this one comes priced at $99, an increase from the previous version which originally became available priced at $79. However, for that increase in price, consumers are getting what Google states is a better device. Not only has it seen under the hood improvements, but the actual exterior of the headset has also been improved with a new textured cloth-based covering which supposedly results in a softer feel and a lighter product overall. Likewise, this new version does also come with new lenses which Google previously pointed out are designed for greater performance, offering a wider field of view, and an improved level of clarity. For those looking for an extra incentive to buy, Google is also running a promotion where those who pick up a Daydream View (2017) before December 31 will be eligible for $40 worth “of top-rated VR games.” Which according to the promotional details, consists of one free code (redeemable via Google Play) for each of the following games – Eclipse: Edge of Light, Wands, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Lola and the Giant, and Virtual Rabbids.