Google, HTC and Lenovo Join Forces To Create Standalone Daydream VR Headsets

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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.

At its annual Google I/O developer conference, the company announced that it is working on expanding its Daydream virtual reality program to include a standalone headset.

Prototypes of the upcoming Daydream-compatible headsets from HTC (left) and Lenovo (right). The device will be based on Qualcomm's latest chipset, the Snapdragon 835 with the Snapdragon 835VR being the heart of the VR headsets now being planned for launch.

Among them, perhaps the most impactful to the gaming industry is the next step in what Google is calling Daydream VR.


Google Daydream No longer a dream but a reality, a new standalone virtual reality headset is coming with Google Daydream baked inside.

Lenovo's next flagship smartphone, which will be launching later this year, and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will support the Daydream platform. The all-in-one headset will require neither a phone nor a PC to operate and combined with the six degrees of freedom, this could well enable it to give users a first of its kind VR experience.

When you put on a VR headset, you're blocking yourself off from the rest of the world. Instant Preview is a new feature where creators can make changes in an environment and then experience them in a headset seconds later without having to wait for lengthy rendering sessions. Still, as a standalone device, this could be a good way to get more people trying virtual reality content. The company says there are now 8 phones with Daydream support, and more handsets will be added to the growing list from the likes of Motorola and Lenovo. It's meant to be an indoor alternative to Global Positioning System and is now being trialled in select Lowe's stores and museums. "VR can transport you". There's some newfangled VR audio in there in the presence of spatial ambient baking, and pre-computed room acoustics to make the VR experience a lot more realistic.

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