HTC Vive, Lenovo Standalone VR Headsets Arriving This Year

Jay Anderson
May 20, 2017

Google has announced during Google I/O that it will be supporting standalone VR headsets for the Daydream platform which will not require a PC or phone in order to use. Since these are standalone headsets, they won't require a smartphone or PC for power, or additional tracking hardware as an "inside-out" tracking system will be in place. What's more, Daydream users will now be able to form parties and watch VR videos on YouTube together, sharing the experience in the same virtual space.

Google touted new and improved positional tracking with its "World Sense" technology, which is created to sense your head movements so you don't need to add cameras and sensors throughout a room in your house just to do VR.

The partnership with HTC is significant in part because HTC has been building its own high-end HTC Vive VR headset.

Google unveiled today a new visual positioning service (VPS) that lets you map indoor locations so devices can understand their location in real time, using Tango. Google announced the new VR headset during its annual Google I/O conference for developers in Mountain View, Calif. One rather intriguing one for those that follow all of the hoopla surrounding virtual reality technology is the announcement made by Google in conjunction with Qualcomm.

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VRJournal reported Thursday that Google is forging ahead with a new standalone Daydream headset. And being a Daydream-compatible headset, they will deliver a high-quality VR experience.

But the paper says Google is the only manufacturer to have a device that will be available for consumers to buy.

HTC with its Vive headsets is of course an obvious choice as an OEM partner.

These devices will all be built around Google's Daydream VR platform that it has developed a year ago in collaboration with Qualcomm. HTC's announcement is a world first, but considering the competitive nature of VR, we're expecting rival companies like Oculus VR and Sony to chime in as well.

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