1. Google Daydream VR teams up with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them’; to be launched on November 10

Google Daydream VR teams up with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them’; to be launched on November 10

Google on Tuesday announced that the Daydream View VR headset would go for sales on the Google Store from November 10.

By: | Published: November 2, 2016 5:29 PM
The Daydream View VR is a massive upgrade from the pre-historic Cardboard headsets. (Reuters) The Daydream View VR is a massive upgrade from the pre-historic Cardboard headsets. (Reuters)

Google on Tuesday announced that the Daydream View VR headset would go for sales on the Google Store from November 10. Google said that from November 10, the device would be available in 5 different countries, namely, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. The Daydream View VR will require a phone with minimum specifications to run the device, like the Google Pixel smartphones. Google had launched the Daydream along with the Google Pixel smartphones. The Daydream View VR is a massive upgrade from the pre-historic Cardboard headsets. Well, at least they were an affordable bunch.

The Daydream View was launched with the motive to compete with the likes of Oculus Rift and HoloLens, Samsung’s Gear VR and even Xiaomi’s new VR headset. Google has plans of dominating the VR market by offering a huge range of VR related content. The content providers for the Google Daydream View VR headsets range from various news publications to hi-resolution games to its own Street View. Among the news publications, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Guardian are to provide content. The NYT is to provide 3 films in the Daydream app. Both Youtube and Hulu are to bring their entire collection of videos, movies and TV shows to a virtual platform. Invasion, an award-winning VR animated film will also be made available in the Google Play Movies in VR.

Google’s Star Chart is also to be made available in the headset, giving viewers an opportunity to explore cosmic objects; for instance, the moons of Saturn or the far lands of Pluto. The Street View is also to be made available for the headset, where viewers would be able to visit 70 different countries over 150 tours. The multi-billion company has also partnered with Warner Bros. for the promotion of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them; a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise. The Daydream View Headset is to be priced at $79 ib the United States, which roughly sums up to Rs 5,000 in Indian currency.

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