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Clay Bavor, Google vice president of virtual reality, talks about the Daydream View virtual-reality headset during a product event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. It 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 Google's new Pixel phones. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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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.

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