Google teams with HTC and Lenovo to launch standalone Daydream VR headsets

Posted May 20, 2017

During I/O 2017, Google unveiled the first major update for their Daydream VR platform originally introduced previous year.

Vive added: "We have been working closely with developers and consumers to define the best VR experiences over the past few years, and are perfectly positioned to deliver the most premium standalone headset and user experience". It's goal is to make VR experiences easier to share with both those around you and others with their own headsets, bringing some intriguing new features to the platform.

Game devs should note the upcoming hardware will utilize a new headset tracking technology called Worldsense, which enables positional tracking without installing external sensors.

Google revealed today that Daydream (its VR platform created to accommodate the Daydream View headset) is expanding to include standalone VR headsets.

As revealed today at the Google I/O conference, Google has announced a new Vive headset that uses Daydream, Google's VR platform that launched a year ago. In a blog post today, Google announced that a new update will soon be hitting all devices of its VR platform.

Most current VR systems rely on a wired connection to a computer or a smartphone to be placed into the headset acting as the screen in order to function.

With Google's new standalone headset, the computing, the power, the display, and the lenses are all Incorporated directly into the headset. The details are very thin, basically just describing everything Google covered in the announcement. The first VR headsets using this technology are expected to go on sale later this year.

Given that the Daydream headset isn't arriving immediately, we believe there is adequate time available for the concerned ones to churn out more contents.

Tango is also one of the core technologies behind the company's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices understand their location indoors.