Google closes project developing high-end VR headset?

Google closes project developing high-end VR headset?
Back in February, there was talk that Google was working on a stand alone VR headset that wouldn't require the use of a smartphone like Google Cardboard does. In fact, this would be much different than Cardboard since it would have its own built in software and outward facing cameras. But now it appears that the project has been scrapped by the powers that be at Google.

This VR headset would have competed with Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Both of those stand alone VR devices launched earlier this year. And reports indicated that the new Google VR headset would run on an operating system different than Android.

News that Google has decided to close the project comes from sources supposedly knowledgeable about the company's intentions. The rumored decision has nothing to do with Google's other VR plans. One of these is Daydream. Announced at Google I/O, Daydream is a VR platform for Android Nouget, and Google hopes to create certain hardware and software standards that third party manufacturers will adhere to. A Daydream headset is still in the works. Unlike the scrapped device, this headset will be powered by Android.

Putting the kibosh on the high-end stand alone VR headset, reportedly takes away nothing from Google's intentions to participate in the growth of VR. Sources say that the VR unit within Google is large. It is unknown whether the 50 who were working on the scrapped headset will be joining one of the other virtual reality projects inside the company.

source: Recode via AndroidandMe

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17 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Screw VR! We need hololens competitor!!!!

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

VR gaming will die out very soon, I would love to see VR used for more educational purposes. Imagine diving underwater learning about the things in it? Or instead of talking about Leonardo Davinci we actually talk to him! AR could be cool for navigation, as well as for finding information about places, etc. Would be good for planning out and some interesting games.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

education? VR is for porn.. any tech advancement on smartphone is for porn.. including better low-light, higher definition, slow-motion camera, more ppi for display, higher refresh rate, color accuracy, bigger phone screen, DAC audio, bigger storage, 5G, and other stuff are all for porn

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO soon we will see HMDs capable of doing AR, VR and MR Sort of like the Vive There will be displays for VR, and cameras for AR/MR We just need to wait for the hardware to process/delivery with low enough latency

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Education is a great area for growth. When I see things like the solar system apps on Cardboard, Gear VR, trips and locations (museums, art galleries, exhibits, and more) where people can walk around and look at places and areas that students would have to pay thousands of dollars to go see. Plus VR gaming is not dead. AR gaming will have its place like Pokemon go, and other AR games. However games that require a more immersive experience, then they require VR. You don't want to see your background brought into every game. Both BradyCrack and Barney_stinsen are out on left field, and clearly want to push their Microsoft love and Hololens. Right now 35 degree field of view makes Hololens a crappy gaming experience. So how would Call of duty, or Battlefield, or other first person shooters look in AR with a tiny FOV? Don't bother we already know it would make a terrible gaming experience. VR is made for those an so much more. Not to mention the FOV on some of these VR 's already offer 110 degrees for a FOV. Which is much more immersive than 35 degrees and no background. It comes down to both have different roles, and both will have their places. VR is here today and gives users a much more immersive experience than any AR. If you want to involve the background then AR has you covered. Both are here to stay. With that said I hope Google makes a VR headset that works off of USB-C, like the LG G5 360 VR headset. That way it would be lighter and you could use the phone as a controller as well. Plus USB-C is fast enough (USB 3.1).

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

magic leap..lol

3. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

No wonder doesnt stand a chance against hololens.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hololens is AR Not VR like Oculus/Vive (the Vive can do MR and sort of do AR using its camera)

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why are people trying to compare AR and VR together. They both have there places AR is good for some things and VR is good for other things. If you want to play an immersive game, then VR is what you would use. You want to involve the background at what you are viewing, then AR is what you would use. Right now Hololens has two major problems. 1) price 2) Field of view (FOV) is only 35 degrees.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed Even Glass and Hololens shouldn't be compared together since they are both different use cases Its sort like comparing a phone (like Glass is more portable) and a laptop (like Hololens is less portable but more powerful)

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

there wont be a hololens competitor;not even magic leap...it took microsoft 5 yrs to develop and unveil hololens.its almost 7 yrs now,they are still developing it.do u think another company can do that for one or two yrs?...with the pool of patents ms have acquired and other sensors(like hand,eye and head tracking,holoportation etc) and windows holographic platform,i dont think google and apple will catch up.most oems will end up joining windows holographic

7. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

google cant go beyond android......they need to get their heads together.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Are you stupid? Google has the power to do whatever it wants. It can build a shiny new OS and say 2 years time it is adopted.

14. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

tell me areas where google have been successful since android success

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

like how they own the biggest vid-sharing site in the world? (youtube) or how they own the most popular email site? (gmail) best maps? (google maps) best internet network? (google fiber) or what about project bloon, or other projectX they run? and I believe they can make some nice VR and AR headset.. All they need to do is just buy some matured AR/VR company, and then extract their knowledge until dry, dump it, and repeat..

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft fan is very funny. I love reading their comments for amusement.

15. srgonu

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Google is very inconsistent in its decisions and products.

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