Asus working on its own VR headset - will this be its Daydream viewer?


Summer has a bit of a reputation of being a new-phone wasteland; we have the early-year announcements of CES and MWC, and the fall brings the arrival of IFA-launched phones, new Nexus hardware, and Apple's latest iPhones. But summer? It's a crapshoot. While that can make it difficult to look forward to new phones, we've got quite a few interesting launches on the horizon, and today we had the opportunity to check out a very nice spread, as Asus introduced its latest lineup of powerful, affordable models. But Asus didn't just have phones (and tablets) to show off, as the company quietly gave the press a peek at an in-development VR headset.

Asus isn't saying much just yet about its plans for the visor, and all we know right now is that it's to be called Asus VR – though we suppose even that could change.

The company's not ready right now to offer any hands-on demos, but as you can see from the image above, this seems to be a better-designed VR headset than most, with what looks like a premium leather strap.

Among the many details Asus has yet to confirm is whether this is just some run-of-the-mill (albeit swanky) Cardboard headset, or if this could be an enhanced Daydream-compatible version.

We already heard that Asus would likely be among the first smartphone manufacturers to release Daydream-ready handsets. While it's no guarantee that every company making Daydream phones will also sell their own Daydream viewer, the presence of this hardware here sure has us thinking that there's a strong possibility Asus will do so.

Presumably, we'll be getting more details on both that first Asus Daydream phone and this VR headset a little later this year.

source: Mobilegeeks (YouTube) via Android Authority

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5 Comments

1. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Android folks I mean. Hope Apple does too and proves it's a not a gimmick (blind followers need some convincing).

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's a gimmick regardless of what Apple does or doesn't do. Do you honestly think 38 year old business men have the time or patience to waste hours on entertainment? Of course not.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look, there's no way to say this that doesn't come off snarky, but the guy who can't even calculate what percentage of $40,000 is $1200, has no idea what businessmen want or will do.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... since all 7.4 billion humans in this planet is 38 year old business men

5. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I honestly like this look far more than almost any other headset, it looks like it fits within the world we live in today.

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