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


Google will reportedly preview the latest version of its virtual-reality headset at its annual developer conference this week. Now, this isn't the first time we've heard of a standalone VR headset from Google. But also because it raises the question of what does this mean for Oculus and Gear VR, the Samsung-exclusive VR platform? Well, these upcoming headsets are said to come equipped with state of the art positional tracking which will allow the hardware to gauge the headset's position with respect to the space around it.

There's no release timeline, and as with Daydream past year, we're only seeing an outline of the headset - which appears alongside a Daydream-like controller. The company says each headset will feature Vr-optimized displays, optics, and sensors. The Google VR lead didn't name the phone, but it seems very likely that the handset will be the successor to last year's LG V20 phone.

The performance ceiling of the headsets also remain a significant question for Google to clarify. HTC now sells its own VR headset, the Vive, which requires a powerful computer to operate. Qualcomm is one of the partners that will aid Google in making this a reality, and we've known of Qualcomm's involvement with standalone VR headsets for a while now (in fact, some of us at XDA have demoed Qualcomm-powered headsets). While the Google headset will undoubtedly target a different audience than the Vive or Rift, its potential for gaming and other graphically demanding applications is worth monitoring. Following's Google brief announcement of the device, the Taiwanese tech giant shed some more details about its product that should be unveiled shortly. Its next game-changing technology in AR, it hopes, will be what its calls the Visual Positioning Service, or VPS.

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In a demo, an onstage presenter showcased someone walking through a Lowe's. Lenovo and the Taiwan-based smartphone company HTC plan to build versions of the headset using the company's blueprints, Bavor explained. Google said the system is now available in select Lowe's stores and museums.

Google is also adding VR and AR support for the Google Expedition, its initiative for the Education sector.