Last-minute rumor calls for $80 first-party Google Daydream VR headset at Pixel event
Is it really a Pixel-centric event? Might Andromeda, the long overdue combination of Chrome OS and Android, instead steal the spotlight later today? What if Google Home turns out to be a much stronger Amazon Echo rival than we ever imagined?
Oh, and let’s not forget the search giant’s very own Daydream-compatible virtual reality headset (complete with a controller), which some sources claimed got aborted to increase focus on the actual VR platform.
At the eleventh hour, we’re now hearing the as-yet unnamed immersive piece of headgear could still break cover in San Francisco at 9 am PST on October 4 (which is today), shipping to interested buyers as early as later this month.
Unsurprisingly, Google reportedly plans to position the device as a direct challenger to the Samsung Gear VR, pricing it uber-aggressively, at a measly $79. That of course won’t buy you a lot of standalone smarts, or an actual display, with smartphone support however ranging from the Pixel and Pixel XL to existing and future ZTE, Huawei or Samsung products.
To make it even clearer this doesn’t have what it takes to contend the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, HTC is rumored to be handling hardware manufacturing, probably sans recognition, similar to how the other partnership might work.
But the icing on the 80 bucks cake is purportedly an included separate handheld controller in the same vein as the Wii remote, which sounds way cooler than the Gear VR’s built-in touchpad. All in all, Samsung should start worrying.