Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

HTC is making a new standalone Vive VR headset for Google

HTC is making a new standalone Vive VR headset for Google

Revealing the news at its Google I/O developer conference in California yesterday, Google said that HTC VIVE and Lenovo are both working on devices. The two companies partnering Google are Lenovo and HTC and each of these will have its own headset based on a reference design Google and Qualcomm have drafted together.

Unlike the current models, the upcoming versions of the Daydream headsets will have "everything built right in: no cables, no phone, certainly no big PC". This means the new Daydream headsets will be able to track precise movements without users needing to install any external sensors.

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. This is still a good step though to see that Google has actual manufacturers already working on products that will use the new WorldSense platform and that will be built to Google's specs for a standalone VR headset. Thus, this Google VR headset sounds promising for overcoming that significant barrier to entry. This sounds simple, but I think it's going to be key to mobile VR becoming important.

As a result, a software update will be bringing support for Daydream to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus later in the year. This development is expected to broaden virtual reality's horizon beyond video games to a much larger audiences. "Everything that you need for VR is contained in the headset itself". There's also a pretty unexpected addition headed to Daydream View headsets: Chrome.

Tango is also one of the core technologies behind the company's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices understand their location indoors. There's some newfangled VR audio in there in the presence of spatial ambient baking, and pre-computed room acoustics to make the VR experience a lot more realistic. Users pull up the dashboard and simply select the casting destination, this even works switching between apps.

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