Standalone VR Headsets on the Way From HTC Vive and Google Daydream (VIDEO)
Virtual reality has been a growing part of the gaming landscape in recent years with it being integrated into numerous big-name titles as well as shaping newly emerging peripherals. Though VR holds an obvious potential, one of the most blatant drawbacks of the headset technology is its reliance on external devices, such as a PC or PlayStation 4, to perform the computational heavy lifting. What doesn’t help the situation is the abundant bundle of wires needed for the two to be connected in the first place. In a move to address these concerns, Google and HTC Vive have unveiled plans to release new headsets designed for an entirely standalone VR experience with no cables or outside hardware needed.
During a recent Google I/O presentation, they announced plans to roll out the new line of wireless VR devices under their Daydream banner with manufacturers HTC Vive and Lenovo letting the first versions loose later this year. A blog post on the official Vive website assured the public of their innovative expertise while also offering an explanation of what they hope to achieve with their sans-cable headset.
“Everything you need for the best portable VR is built right into the headset,” a Vive blog post explains. “Vive’s standalone VR headset will provide a deeper and more immersive portable VR experience than ever before.”
The new Daydream VR devices are to be based on Qualcomm’s newly released Snapdragon 835 VR development kit and make use of WorldSense – a 3D mapping technology Google describes as “precise movement tracking” that allows for users to “lean, dodge, and duck as you wish.” What makes WorldSense different from traditional motion tracking methods is its ability to do so without any external sensors. More about the technology can be learned in the video below:
Other than the few released concept sketches seen in the gallery above, there aren’t many details regarding Vive or Lenovo’s standalone VR specifications, pricing, or release dates as of yet with Vive’s blog only mentioning the reveal of additional information “soon”. We’ll let you know more here at Don’t Feed the Gamers when more becomes available.
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