According to an exclusive report from Variety‘s Silicon Valley correspondent Janko Roettgers, Google will be debuting its first Daydream virtual reality headset at its October 4th event.
Citing “multiple sources” Roettgers states that the headset could be sold for as little as $79 USD (around $100 CAD).
It’s unclear whether this means Google will be producing its own proof-of-concept device, or if it will be debuting a headset made in collaboration with a hardware partner.
Daydream is Google’s attempt at bringing virtual reality to the masses by creating a universal platform that runs on hardware-certified VR devices, giving developers a viable VR platform to release apps, games and other software on.
The headset will run using certain Daydream-certified smartphones as the screen, paired with the use of a handheld controller.
Currently, the ZTE Axon 7 and Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe are the only devices released that are Daydream-certified. Minimum Daydream specifications include a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 1920 x 1080 pixel OLED display and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The headset’s main competition, the Samsung Gear VR headset, currently retails for $139.99 CAD.
The main attraction of the 10/4 event is expected to be the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL devices, but Google is also rumoured to be debuting a significant amount of other hardware and software, including a 4K Chromecast and Android-Chrome hybrid operating system purportedly called Andromeda.