Google's new Daydream View VR headset gets a lens upgrade and new colours

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New Google Daydream View lands

Google has unveiled its new Daydream View headset alongside its new Pixel smartphones, the Google Home Mini and the Apple HomePod-rivalling Home Max speaker.

The new View, which leaked earlier this month, is set to be available in three colours - charcoal (dark grey), fog (light grey), and coral. It also gets an upgrade in the lens department to offer a wider field of view and a new fabric finish for a more comfortable fit. Aside from some new colour options and new lenses, Google says it has kept everything from last year so it'll still come with bundled with the same controller as well.

Read this: Google Daydream View in-depth review

On the software front there's now 250 titles to try out with the View and now Google Play Movies users will be able to try out immersive IMAX videos for free. There's now Chromecast support as well so others can see what's going on inside of your headset on the TV.

The Daydream View will be priced at $99, which is a jump up from the $79 that the original View cost. It's available to pre-order now and will be available from 19 October. Google's first Daydream VR headset was initially only compatible with Google's Pixel smartphones, but now works with a host of phones including the new Pixel 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.

First impressions

We managed to spend some time with the new Daydream View VR and what we can say is that this is definitely more of an iterative update than a radical overhaul of the first headset. The move to a softer fabric finish on the exterior does make it feel less tacky feeling than its predecessor and the addition of a head strap on the top means you can definitely get it to fit better on your head.

What's really changed here are the lenses though. You instantly notice that you're getting more immersion, although looking down still does break that illusion quite quickly. What we were really looking forward to was being able to watch and experience more on Daydream View and it feels like that's starting to happen. We checked out a Need for Speed game, watched an Ed Sheeran performance (for no longer than a minute), had a baby's eye view of the world and checked out Google's first Daydream VR series.

The hardware tweaks are welcome ones if not revolutionary changes, which might not make it essential purchase for current owners of the first View. It's really all about delivering on the software front and variety is key here. Just keep on giving us something to put that headset back on Google.

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