Previously, Google’s affordable Cardboard VR headset was only available through third-party companies, making your own with downloaded instructions or picking one up as part of a promotion, like the Star Wars Cardboard.
Now, however, you can buy a Cardboard directly through the Google Store for either $15 (around £15, AU$25) for a single unit or as a two-pack for $25 (around £18, AU$35) . The cheap and easy headset should be compatible with any smartphone less than 6-inches in size.
The new VR section also has two other non-Google-made VR headsets available for purchase as well, including Mattel’s View Master VR starter pack for $29.99 (around £22, AU$42) .
The other option is the Goggle Tech C1 Glass for $14.99 (around £15, AU$25) , which is basically made up of a foldable plastic VR viewer that’s barely bigger than a pair of sunglasses. It even comes with a microfiber bag and is compatible with 4- to 6-inch Apple and Android smartphones.
VR headsets for everyone
Along with the inclusion of its own Cardboard, this new VR section in the Google Store suggests that the search giant may have larger VR ambitions.
This is further fueled by reports earlier this month that indicate Google is working on a Cardboard design update, as well as a standalone, untethered headset, boasting a powerful processor and its own screen.
Adding to this are job listings that popped up last month, which suggest that Google may be looking to get deeper into VR, with a headset that could take on the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR.
Unfortunately, this all remains in the realm of rumors for now, but we may hear more on Google’s plans for VR headsets during its annual Google IO conference in May.