HTC Announces New Standalone Vive VR Headset with Google Daydream Support

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Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset.

The fruits of this multi-year effort with Google now offers users a growing ecosystem of Daydream headsets - from smartphone VR to standalone VR.

Well, Samsung finally appears to have gotten on board, perhaps only to give its Gear VR platform a period of exclusivity.

New smartphones that will support Daydream include the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, which will get the required software update this summer.

Google today said it has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a new standalone Daydream VR head set based on the San Diego based chip maker's latest mobile platform Snapdragon 835.

There are precious few details on the ground about these potential standalone headsets.

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What Google's WorldSense does is bring 6DoF to mobile, untethered VR headsets using inside-out tracking.

Google's VR headset inside-out positional tracking means that, unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Google's WorldSense VR headsets can operate without external sensor trackers, confirming rumors leading up to Wednesday's reveal.

The partnership with HTC is significant in part because HTC has been building its own high-end HTC Vive VR headset. The first VR headsets using this technology are expected to go on sale later this year. This lets Google and hardware makers customize the displays, optics, and sensors to be flawless for virtual reality, he said.

"Getting into VR is as easy as picking the thing up", he said.

With Google's new standalone headset, the computing, the power, the display, and the lenses are all Incorporated directly into the headset. The device will also utilize Google's Daydream platform for its OS needs. Of course, since end-users have access to it as well it makes for a cool little virtual reality experience and one that shouldn't be missed if you have the needed equipment to check it out.

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