Google Drastically Cuts Price Of Daydream VR Headset
To the dismay of anyone who paid full price for it, Google slashed the price of their VR headset today, the DayDream, from $79 to $49, an almost 40 percent reduction. Part of the reason for this drastic reduction is likely that the hardware hasn’t been selling too well, simply because so few devices support it.
The Daydream will only run on devices that are specifically tailored toward the VR headset and also run the Nougat 7.0 Android OS. Several of these phones are already in the market, like Google’s own Pixel, and many more manufacturers, like Huawei and Motorola, are working on phones or tablets that can support VR capabilities. That these devices currently own only a few percent of the market between them likely led to the cut in price.
The Daydream is a fairly nifty accessory that lets users play games and stream media, like Netflix and Hulu (on the big screen, an inch from your eyeball), and is also lightweight and easy to clean. Using it is pretty easy as well: Google has stuffed the Daydream full of sensors that easily pick up on users’ motions and gestures, making controlling the headset a breeze for most consumers. There is also an option to control the Daydream from your smartphone, for people who would rather not be seen wildly waving their arms around in public.
The current drop in price has made the already extremely competitive Daydream an even stronger contender in the VR market. Devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can cost up to 15 times more than the Daydream does, making VR accessible to a much larger market. Anyone who wants to experience VR, but doesn’t have the equivalent of a month’s rent to spend on it, can thank Google for bringing this new technology a little closer.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.