Google's decided it's removing the phone part of the equation entirely, announcing at Google I/O 2017 today that it's building bespoke headsets that incorporate all its VR tech into one portable device.
Last year, Google announced its first "proper" VR headset, the Daydream View. This stands in contrast to devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which require the room be prepped with two or more external sensors for room-scale tracking.
The Daydream-compatible standalone headsets will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform and what Google is calling "WorldSense" technology, powered by its own Tango augmented reality system. That's no longer true with Google's new standalone devices.
For the past year or so, Google has been reported to be working on a standalone virtual reality headset that wouldn't require display support from a smartphone or tethering with a PC. The details are very thin, basically just describing everything Google covered in the announcement.
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Bavor did not elaborate on the new headset's technical specifications, but said that because it would be an all-in-one device.
Bavor said Google's new VR headset would be available to the public later in the year. This would be a change from its current VR headset, which require a smartphone to operate.
"We've got to remove more of the friction in using these devices". Google calls this WorldSense technology and it should allow for a much more accurate motion tracking in the VR environment and would enable new VR experiences.
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.