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HTC is making a new standalone Vive VR headset for Google

Unlike the Daydream View Google's rumoured headset with be a stand alone VR device meaning no phone or PC is required BECK DIEFENBACH Unlike the Daydream View Google's rumoured headset with be a stand alone VR device meaning no phone or PC is required
Lucas Bell | 20 May, 2017, 02:10

Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the US first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday.

"Vive's standalone VR headset will provide a deeper and more immersive portable VR experience than ever before", HTC Vive said after the announcement.

The Daydream VR platform was introduced at last year's I/O conference and already there are more than 150 VR apps in the Google Play Store.

It'll be working with HTC and Lenovo to create the headsets, which will work without the need for any cables, PCs or peripherals. While none of the three companies involved have divulged much at this point, Google did confirm that the tether-free VR headsets will be powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC.

From the rumors reaching us so far regarding the standalone VR device, Google's latest VR headset could sport outward-facing cameras, a screen, and a high-end processor to do all the processing as it won't be connected to a phone or PC.

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Bavor said that Google is once again using a platform approach to build these standalone devices. One of the major announcements was Google VR headsets will be fully tracked and untethered. HTC now sells its own VR headset, the Vive, which requires a powerful computer to operate. This would be a change from its current VR headset, which require a smartphone to operate.

"We were an early supporter and contributor to WebVR standards", Google VR boss Clay Bavor wrote in a blog post.

It is also clear that the actual hardware may be manufactured by individual companies licensed to use the Daydream platform and with the VR related chipset being supplied through Qualcomm. The first Google VR headsets will go on sale this year, though the official date is not known yet.

Details are still light, with more to be announced "soon".

Phones that support Tango will also be able to take advantage of web-based augmented reality features, which requires multiple.

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