Google reveals new stand-alone DayDream headset

Google Daydream

Google announced that it is working with HTC and Lenovo to launch standalone Daydream virtual reality (VR) headsets later this year.

Google chose to partner with HTC and Lenovo to create a new Vive standalone VR headset that will be the first to use Google's Daydream platform. The headset will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

"We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform", said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

The new range of devices will use a tracking technology called "WordSense" that enables the headset to track its wearer's precise movements in space.

In a blog post, Google explained,"These devices build on what's already great about smartphone-based VR, and make the experience even easier and more comfortable with WorldSense".

Daydream is also getting new sharing features, like simple screenshot capturing, bringing it more in line with features you'd expect on modern day consoles.

The latest Daydream 2.0 Euphrates update includes support for Google Cast.

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Vive's headset is coming "later this year".

Interestingly, Clay Bavor also teased that the new VR headsets will run with "dramatically improved tracking" that uses multiple sensors in the device, instead of utilizing an external camera. So, for example, if you are playing a game in virtual reality, the other person in the room will be able to see what you're seeing. There's also a pretty unexpected addition headed to Daydream View headsets: Chrome.

"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors".

Google's I/O conference has been full of all sorts of exciting announcement.

What is the first VR experience you intend to share with your friends?

Google Home users are going to see some new features, including hands-free calling, and the ability to control select appliances.

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