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Google might be prepping first-of-a-kind, standalone VR headset

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Google might be prepping first-of-a-kind, standalone VR headset
Virtual reality and VR headsets are a pretty hot topic right now. It seems that almost all of the more popular smartphone slingers either have or are rumored to be working on virtual reality headsets. Even Apple. One of the latter's major rivals, Google, has already made its baby steps in the VR field with the Cardboard VR headset, but it looks like Mountain View might be prepping a much more interesting one as we speak.

Rumor has it that Google could be secretly working on a standalone VR headset that won't rely on a compliant smartphone to work. It might not require a PC or any other smart device either. This would make this rumored gadget a pretty innovative one, as most current-gen VR headsets are not approached to as standalone devices, but more as accessories and functionality extenders of our phones and computers. 

In order to be independent, Google's VR headset will need to come with a full hardware package. This means that it must have its own processors and sensors - the rumor mill tells us that these might be supplied by Movidius, one of the major manufacturers of motion chips and high-performance computational imaging devices. Additionally, Google's VR headset will certainly have its own display and will most likely employ a set of outward-facing cameras. That's everything the rumor mill has come up with so far.

As far as design and price are concerned, we know nothing so far, but one thing's for sure - it won't be as dirt cheap as the DIY $20 Cardboard VR headset. Rest assured that we will keep an ear close to the ground for additional info on Google's VR headset and if something pops up, we'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 12 Feb 2016, 04:56

1. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


"but one thing's for sure - it be as dirt cheap as the Cardboard VR headset" yeah uh...how?

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 04:59 1

3. donrox (Posts: 138; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


it "won't" be as dirt cheap as the Cardboard VR headset.
Peter forgot the "won't"

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 05:16 1

4. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


That's what I figured but damn...proof read much?

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 20:00

16. cheetah2k (Posts: 1539; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The picture attached to this thread looks like the Avegant...

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 04:57 1

2. vincelongman (Posts: 4249; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


So is this suppose to compete with Hololens AR?
That's the only other standalone HMD I know other than Glass AR

I hope Google are also still release something to replace Cardboard
Like a Gear VR competitor, that's just $50-100

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 08:19 2

9. Landon (Posts: 456; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I'm guessing a device like this would cost at least $600? Considering the Note 5 is around $800 and the Gear VR is another $100...the Google VR obviously wouldn't have call functionality and a few other things that it won't have to include compared to a phone.

The Hololens for select developers costs $3,000 and will be shipping out in Q1 so I think Hololens is in a completely different league compared to any VR device out there. The possibilities with Hololens are seriously mind-blowing.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvYj3_VmW6I

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 05:16

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2358; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


SAO here we come lol

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 05:38

6. wargreymon (Posts: 700; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


NerveGear and AmuSphere are still connected to a computer or a system of some kind.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 19:34

11. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2358; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah because the game is on the computer. Real life nervegear will just be better.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 06:18

7. Martineverest (Posts: 268; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Another Google glass loading

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 06:34

8. xondk (Posts: 1290; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I wonder how they are going to market it, cheaper then vr that uses phones, phone price + google cardboard price? since it would be dedicated to vr so cheaper then that, but would basically do the same?

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 08:51 2

10. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Oculus Rift is a dying project because it's almost exclusively a geek toy needing high end gaming PC hardware, so hopefully Google, Sony, MS, Apple etc can bring it into the mainstream.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:06 1

12. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 217; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


cyclops lol

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:33 1

13. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Google starts working on a "first of a kind standalone vr headset"? Oh, like the Microsoft Hololens unveiled over a year ago. It is by definition, not first of a kind, Microsoft beat them to the punch.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 15:58

14. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Except that Hololens isn't a VR headset which means you're 100% wrong or so. I would LOVE Google to bring this out, but only with AMOLED screens and preferably 4k resolution.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 09:44

15. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


I misread, I thought it was AR, not VR. And 4k resolution panel in front of each eye is minimal resolution, 2k like the Gear VR is terrible.

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