Google’s Daydream View headset is on sale in the United States for just $29.98 right now, down 70% from the usual $99.99 asking price.
The Verizon network is offering the no-strings discount on the second-gen 2017 headset, which offers higher-quality VR experiences than Google’s other Cardboard platform.
The discount only applies to the charcoal version of the headset, rather than the (arguably) more attractive fog and coral variants, but it’s still a wicked saving for those who’ve been eyeing the Daydream View.
Before you drop that thirty bones, you’ll need to check whether you have a compatible Android handset. Whereas Cardboard works with pretty much everything, you’ll need a high-end Android phone with Daydream certification.
Naturally, the Google Pixel phones are compatible, as are the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 and Note 8 series handsets. The Moto Z and Z Force series is on board, as is the LG V30. If you’ve got a Huawei handset, the Mate 9 Pro will work with Daydream. The full list is here.
We can expect forthcoming generations of these phones to support Daydream as well, so if you’re planning on picking up a Note 9 or LG V40 support is almost assured.
In our review we scored the Daydream View and the overall platform at 7/10, calling it “a comfortable, easy-to-use headset – but not a huge leap forward.”
Mobile editor Max Parker writes: “The Daydream View isn’t for someone intent of full-on VR – it’s more for those who will pass it round the table at family gatherings. It’s bite-sized VR, and it’s best to know this before jumping in.”
Earlier this week Google introduced Daydream support for its Chrome app for Android. Incognito Mode is also present, meaning it’s guaranteed to appeal to a certain segment of the VR crowd. If you catch our drift.
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