Latest in Gear

Image credit:

HTC Vive and Lenovo are developing standalone Daydream VR headsets

They'll let you jump into Google's mobile VR platform without a phone.
Share
Tweet
Share
Google

Sponsored Links

Google has another way to differentiate its mobile VR platform from Samsung's: standalone headsets that have all the hardware you'd need built right in, without the need for a phone. At Google I/O today, the company revealed that we'll be seeing standalone Daydream headsets from HTC Vive and Lenovo later this year. They'll be based on Qualcomm's 835 VR platform and use WorldSense, a variation of Google's Tango 3D mapping technology, for positional tracking without the need for any external sensors.

We only have a few sketches from HTC Vive and Lenovo for now, but they both look like typical VR headsets. HTC's will use an overhead strap while Lenovo's will rest against your forehead, similar to Sony's PlayStation VR. It also appears as if they'll be using Google's existing Daydream touch controller, though that could easily be changed by the time they're released.

Lenovo's standalone headset

We heard that Google was working on standalone headsets last year, and we also reported exclusively that they'd be integrating eye tracking and sensors for mapping the real world. By bundling all the necessary hardware into a single device, Google has a way to market its platform to people who aren't using Daydream-capable Android phones. That opens the door to iPhone users as well as consumers who aren't upgrading their Android devices anytime soon. Oculus is also developing a standalone VR headset of its own, and based on our experience last year, it clearly looks like the future of virtual reality.

Qualcomm also revealed today that it worked together with Google to build a reference standalone Daydream VR headset. It's not something that will be sold on its own, but it could help guide other companies as they design their own standalone units.

There's still no word on pricing for these headsets. But considering they'll have the hardware typically found in powerful phones, I wouldn't be surprised if they ended up costing $300 or more.

For all the latest news and updates from Google I/O 2017, follow along here.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

View
Nikola founder resigns following SEC probe into electric truck business

Nikola founder resigns following SEC probe into electric truck business

View
Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 3 mouse has buttons to control Zoom calls

Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 3 mouse has buttons to control Zoom calls

View
Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

View
NASA unveils 'the most powerful rocket ever built'

NASA unveils 'the most powerful rocket ever built'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr