Google's Daydream View launches today, as you may know, but along with it is a host of software experiences you can get for the new platform.

That's because Daydream is both hardware and software, and the View is just the first example of hardware we're going to see for it; as Cardboard did to inexpensive mobile VR, Daydream hopes to do with slightly-more-expensive-but-still-affordable mobile VR.

The Daydream View itself is available for $79 in the U.S., and goes on sale today. It's also available in Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia, all through Google and in some cases, like Canada and Germany, at various carriers.

The software story is a little weird. Google has released updates versions of Google Play Movies & TV and Street View on which to view VR-enabled content, but there isn't much in the way of original content, at least at launch. There are 12 games, including Mekorama and Hunter's Gate, and 13 apps, including Fantastic Beasts and YouTube VR, that are Daydream-optimized.

Russell Holly, in his review, says that the Daydream View, and its accompanying platform, are fully-formed out of the box:

Daydream View is a complete thought, which is something I don't get to say often enough when looking at new VR platforms. This isn't a way to soak up the existing VR content and act as a gatekeeper for those experiences, it's a standalone idea.

Right now, the Pixel and Pixel XL are the only two phones that work with Daydream, but that number should increase relatively quickly as more phones are released running Android 7.1 Nougat.

Are you planning on picking up a Daydream View, or did you receive a code for one when purchasing a Pixel? Let us know!

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