Google Announces Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016

They will be capable of tracking virtual space with the help of "WorldSense", using technology from Google's Tango augmented reality platform.

The virtual reality platform, introduced a year ago, will now support a new line of standalone headsets that do not require a PC or smartphone connection to run.

Facebook has been working on its own stand alone VR headset with inside-out tracking, which it first showed off at Oculus Connect a year ago.

The price tag may seem expensive, but experiencing high-end VR without being tethered to a beefy PC could encourage people to hand over the cash for one of the headsets. The new platform is now on the works and the new VR is scheduled to come out later this year via HTC and Lenovo. In addition to the support from hardware manufacturers, Google has developed a new system called WorldSense to provide positional tracking for the units. These headsets feature all of the necessary technology built into the device, eliminating the need to insert a phone or run a cable to a PC.

"We were an early supporter and contributor to WebVR standards", Google VR boss Clay Bavor wrote in a blog post.

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016. The new device would also track your position with WorldSense that will be launched later this year.

So, some exciting days ahead for those keen to enjoy the immersive experience of watching virtual reality videos with a strapped on standalone headset.

Everything that's needed to play VR content and apps will be built into the standalone headset itself, Google announced at its annual I/O developer conference.

Google has confirmed rumours that it is working on a standalone virtual reality headset based around its Daydream platform, and that it has signed Lenovo and HTC up as partners to bring it to market.

The company will announce more on its VR and AR plans on the second day of the I/O conference, 18 May.

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