Virtual reality is booming like never before and everyone is curious to get on the VR bandwagon. While the technology is fun, the expensive price tag intimidates most but if you are looking for a cheap alternative to experience immersive things, Google Daydream is the way to go.
Comparing Google Daydream directly with the likes of Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive is a blunder. The latter costs close to $1000 and you need a powerful gaming computer that will set you back by another two grands to play virtual reality games.
Google Daydream is for people who are curious about experiencing games and movies without breaking the bank. Best Buy has recently confirmed that they are selling Google’s VR headset with 50 percent discount from its original price tag of $99. Does it mean the headset failed to impress the crowd and its stocks are being depleted?
Google Daydream Is Not a Flop, Atleast Not Yet!
The industry is aware of the fact that virtual reality is very much in its nascent stage and people aren’t going to head to the stores and buy a VR headset on the launch day. While the Daydream is an advanced piece of equipment with an improved leather finish, a revamped lens for strain-free viewing and an intuitive controller, it still has a long way to go.
Besides, it is obvious with the launch of Daydream 2 that Google could be planning to launch Daydream 2018 edition this year. The company follows a pattern of launching new Pixel and Pixel XL models every year along with a new VR headset.
Clearing Leftover Stocks
Best Buy may have had its fair share of sales of the headset priced at $99 and by cutting down it’s pricing to just $49, they can attract a whole lot of new customers onto the virtual reality platform. The device works only with compatible models including the Google Pixel, Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, Moto and Moto Z2.
When they have to cater to a niche audience that owns one of these Android phones, reducing the price by half songs like a great move. Once they get rid of the existing stock, Best Buy should be able to clear the shelves to stock the new Daydream headset when it gets announced in a couple of months.
Why Daydream Could Have Flopped?
The chances of Google Daydream virtual reality headset failing in terms of sales and adoption is palpable. The smartphone market has saturated to a great extent but augmented reality and virtual reality are yet to enter the mainstream market in an affordable market.
With very limited content available including VR movies and games on smartphones, not many will show interest in buying the Daydream. The probability of the accessory remaining unused in their homes might have convinced lots of buyers to not spend $99 on buying it and Best Buy now attracts those who feel $50 sound like a fair deal for an experimental headset.
Google Decision About the VR Market
If Google decides to not launch Daydream 2018 edition, it is easy to conclude that they have officially given up on the virtual reality technology. The search engine giant has a long history of closing down multiple products and services in the past. However, the competitors are still going strong with Oculus Go and HTC Vive Focus getting launched this year. Xiaomi, the popular smartphone manufacturer will launch their own VR headset powered by the flagship Snapdragon processor.
Best Buy announcing 50% off Google Daydream should be taken with a pinch of salt as the massive discount can be interpreted in both ways. The upcoming Google event this year should clarify whether they are going to support the product or choose to discontinue it.