Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard


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Bavor didn't go into detail on how those sensors work or how accurate we could expect them to be. By closing or ignoring this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies. At this year's event, the tech giant announced a key update to its virtual reality (VR) platform, which will see standalone Daydream VR headsets operating without reliance on smartphones or PCs.

These standalone headsets will aim to utilize the convenience afforded by portable smartphone VR without the current constrictions holding back consumers like lack of physical space or incompatible software specs.

Google has sunk more energy into turning around its low-to-middle tier Daydream VR experience, announcing a slew of partnerships relating to the virtual reality headset.

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The price tag may seem expensive, but experiencing high-end VR without being tethered to a beefy PC could encourage people to hand over the cash for one of the headsets. In VR, you're putting in a lot more effort because it's immersing you in a new experience. They'll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment.

Google touted new and improved positional tracking with its "World Sense" technology, which is created to sense your head movements so you don't need to add cameras and sensors throughout a room in your house just to do VR.

Google has collaborated with Qualcomm to develop and build on the design for the standalone headset. It's also not the first time Google has delved into head-worn standalone computer systems, having issued a limited launch of its Google Glass wearable some years prior. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.

But Google's new devices won't require any of that. As Google puts it, "While GPS can give you directions to a store, VPS could give you the precise location of an item within that store".