Google's new virtual-reality headset, Daydream View, will differ from other headsets like Samsung's Gear VR in having a companion motion controller and compatibility with a wide range of phones, including Pixel.
Daydream is also a challenge to more sophisticated, but expensive systems from Facebook's Oculus business, HTC and Sony — as well as to Google's own Cardboard effort.
Cardboard is cheap — available for as little as $15 — but it doesn't offer much control over VR environments beyond pushing a button on the headset as you move your head. The new wireless motion controller for Daydream can function like a fishing rod, a steering wheel or a pointer to permit more sophisticated VR experiences.
Daydream View and the controller will be out in November for $79. You'll need a new Android phone , as existing phones won't have the right hardware.
Google also plans to share design guidelines with other manufacturers to make Daydream headsets and controllers.