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Google, HTC, Lenovo working on standalone virtual reality Daydream headsets

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Google, HTC, Lenovo working on standalone virtual reality Daydream headsets

It has been a year since Google announced Daydream – its own virtual reality platform. Kind of like Cardboard on steroids, it was built into Android 7.0 Nougat to enable a premium VR experience, defined by a set of specifications and requirements. True, its presence is still quite limited to this day, but Google is working on expanding Daydream's reach to new horizons.

Right after confirming that Daydream support is coming to the Galaxy S8, S8+, and LG's next flagship device (probably the LG V30), Google announced that it is working on a standalone Daydream VR headset – one that does not require a smartphone to work. What are the advantages of that? Well, there's quite a few, actually.

First of all, a dedicated Daydream VR headset will be easier to use – you just put it on and you're good to go. Secondly, it will come with the promise of a better experience. Think about it: a gizmo built with VR in mind from the ground up, with the best sensors, high-quality optics, and top-notch displays, should be able to outperform a smartphone any day. And no less importantly, you won't be draining your phone's battery while enjoying some Daydream VR goodness.

Google is already working with Qualcomm on creating a reference device – a template around which other companies will be able to design their own standalone Daydream VR headsets. HTC and Lenovo are already on board with Google and will launch their own dedicated headsets later in 2017. Pricing and specifications are yet to be announced, but we think these two might look like this: 

Google, HTC, Lenovo working on standalone virtual reality Daydream headsets
Google, HTC, Lenovo working on standalone virtual reality Daydream headsets

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posted on 17 May 2017, 15:51

1. Martineverest (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Waste of time

posted on 17 May 2017, 19:19 3

2. ijuanp03 (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


not really. they are pioneering what could be the future of mainstream consoles.

posted on 17 May 2017, 20:56 2

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I will be getting one of those when it reach the market.

posted on 18 May 2017, 00:59

4. ZeeNasir (Posts: 124; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


And where is Apple ? :P

posted on 18 May 2017, 04:26

5. Stranger (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Jan 2017)


I will be definitely buying one.

posted on 18 May 2017, 16:56

6. vartotojas (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


210 degree please

posted on 07 Jul 2017, 11:09

7. jacky899 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 May 2017)


I hope these can still be used with the computer. Need the GTX 1080 for high end VR gaming experience.

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