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

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



13. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

14. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

12. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

cyclops lol

10. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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?

7. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Another Google glass loading

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SAO here we come lol

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

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

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5841; Member since: Feb 10, 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

9. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 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.....

1. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

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

3. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

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

4. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

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

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2342; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

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