Google-s building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

Google-s building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

Byline Guy Cocker

VR’s greatbut it always needs either a really expensive PC or games consoleor your own smartphone. You knowthe one with the iffy battery life and the cracked screen.

Well not any more.

Google’s decided it’s removing the phone part of the equation entirelyannouncing at Google I/O 2017 today that it’s building bespoke headsets that incorporate all its VR tech into one portable device.

It’ll be working with HTC and Lenovo to create the headsetswhich will work without the need for any cablesPCs or peripherals. Neither headset has been namedbut HTC’s model appears to incorporate both its own “Vive” trademarkas well as the Google “Daydream” name.

The headsetswhich will launch before the end of the yearare based on Google?s Daydream reference specificationswhich were worked out with mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm. Key to the design is what Google calls ?World Sense?which means the headsets can monitor the environment and accurately track your position without the need for extra sensors.

Neither headset has been shownalthough HTC has released a tease of its modelpictured above.

HTC in particular has been a pioneer in VRhaving released the PC-based Vive platformbut this is its first foray into mobile VR.

Details are scarce at this stage in terms of pricingexact release dateor worldwide availabilitybut we?ll bring you more information from Google?s I/O event as we get it.

Google’s also announced that the Daydream VR platform will be arriving on more handsets; it’ll be coming to LG?s next flagship phoneas well as the already-released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus via a software update this summer.

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