Google Daydream standalone VR headsets are coming, including an HTC Vive one

Angelica Greene
May 20, 2017

Today at Google I/O 2017, Google and HTC announced a new Daydream VR compatible Vive headset.

The rumor claims that the Google will be showing the standalone VR headset off at its I/O developer conference this week.

"Vive's standalone VR headset will provide a deeper and more immersive portable VR experience than ever before", HTC Vive said after the announcement.

Numerous companies have come up with VR headsets like MI VR Play, Sony and HTC.

There's a lot to like here, even if the hardware might not come close to being able to produce the same visual fidelity as something like an Oculus Rift of HTC Vive. With this technology, the Google VR headset can understand the distance, track the motion and also create a position for the user in the real world. We're yet to see exactly what this headset looks like, but we suspect it will be close to the reference devices that Qualcomm has produced in the past.

"We think VPS will be powerful in a variety of scenarios", Google wrote in a blog post.

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Google also announced that Expeditions VR, the platform that lets students take virtual "field trips", will roll out to some schools through a Pioneer program this fall.

That's a big difference from some existing VR headsets, such as the Samsung Gear and Google's own previous headset, which are basically fancy cases with special lenses that a user slides a phone into.

Google this week plans to show a device described by a source as the next step for these efforts but it's unclear whether the device will run on Android or make use of a separate operating system altogether.

The first of these headsets are expected to hit shelves later this year. The new devices won't require a phone or PC and will be made available to consumers later this year.

The announcement in conjunction with Qualcomm regarding Daydream is that the device will be standalone, rather than requiring the Daydream View "mask" - a fabric equivalent of Google Cardboard.

Bavor didn't go into detail on how those sensors work or how accurate we could expect them to be.

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