Google announces standalone Daydream VR headsets

Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016

Google is ramping up its work on virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR respectively) with its Daydream platform, having added support for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and revealed partnerships with Lenovo and HTC to build standalone headsets. Qualcomm is now working on a reference design, with HTC and Lenovo expected to produce the first consumer sets sometime this year.

Among them, perhaps the most impactful to the gaming industry is the next step in what Google is calling Daydream VR.

Among those controls there will be a button that lets you access the new Chromecast support.

VR's great, but it always needs either a really expensive PC or games console, or your own smartphone.

The announcement was made at Google's annual developer conference I/O.




"We asked, how can we take the best parts of smartphone VR and create a kind of device with an even better experience", Google VP for VR Clay Bavor said on stage.

For a higher performance for the standalone Daydream VR headset, Google will be working with Qualcomm and use the company's Snapdragon 835 processor. A VR-flavored browser should give its users an option to browse web pages while in a headset and also launch WebVR content.

The standalone Vive will be available "later this year" for an unspecified price. It's a virtual reality platform developed by Google that's built into the Android OS (as of Android 7.1), rather than as an App with Google's first VR platform, Google Cardboard. The latter caught Google's liking and now in standalone Daydream VR headsets, these Qualcomm processors have been integrated with Google's tracking technology.

Google didn't provide many details of what the actual finished product will look like, other than showing a very minimalist sketch. In related news, Google is also coming up with the second iteration of the Tango-enabled phone, the Asus Zenfone AR.

Related news:

Hot News

Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash
May 20, 2017 - 01:39
Both the Red Crescent and the health ministry in Gaza said protesters were injured by tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire. Around 1,800 Palestinian prisoners Friday entered a critical phase after being on hunger strike for 33 consecutive days.

Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend
May 20, 2017 - 01:26
According to the CWA Union, almost 37,000 employees are on a 3-day strike in 36 states. During an event at the AT&T call center at The Highlands in April, when Rep.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Red Bull Honda: There is Absolutely No Change In Nick Hayden's Condition
May 20, 2017 - 01:25
The dangers of training on public roads have been highlighted in recent weeks by other accidents affecting professional athletes. Hayden, who has also raced for Ducati, won the MotoGP world championship for the Repsol Honda team in 2006.

Google Could Give a Glimpse of Standalone VR Device at I/O 2017
May 18, 2017 - 01:18
However, there were exceptions to this, as Google had announced the Google Home device at the I/O event held past year . These responses come in the form of apps like Google Maps or Calendar showing up on your phone or your television.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FDA warns of foot, leg amputations with J&J diabetes drug
May 18, 2017 - 01:15
Although it is usually sold under its commercial name Invokana, it is also combined with metformin in Invokamet and Invokamet XR. Some Invokana patients suffered more than one amputation, with a portion of those patients needing amputations on both limbs.

Israel demands explanation from White House after spat over Trump trip
May 18, 2017 - 01:12
The report said the comment prompted shouting from the Israeli delegation helping with preparations for Trump's visit. Trump is planning on visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the holiest Jewish prayer site.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Roseanne' is returning to ABC in 2018
May 18, 2017 - 01:11
Louis native Goodman, had died, and that the last season, which included the Conners winning the lottery, had been a fantasy. They'll all return for the anticipated revival, with Chalke taking on a new role, according to the LA Times .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Styles 'Sign of the Times' lyrics
May 18, 2017 - 01:03
Since One Direction has been on its hiatus, we have got a taste of music from Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson. Despite its flaws, Harry Styles' debut album is worth a listen, and may change your mind about this pop star.

Google To Reveal Standalone Daydream VR Headset At Google I/O?
May 18, 2017 - 01:00
So why is everything so worked up about mere VR headsets? The devices will also use what Bavor called "precise tracking". Virtual reality immerses users in an artificial world and initially has been taken up most actively for gaming.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Teenagers film themselves illegally climbing Golden Gate Bridge; video
May 18, 2017 - 00:55
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District said changes to bridge security are now being implemented. Locati said the bridge's security system was "not created to protect thrill-seekers from harming themselves".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ESPN Brings out Serena Williams, Paul Pierce to Showcase 'SportsCenter' Changes
May 18, 2017 - 00:43
He joined ESPN in November 1997 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and has served as host of NFL Live since its inception in 2003. That time slot opened up when ESPN promoted "His & Hers" co-hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill left to lead the 6 p.m.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Keep The Umbrella Handy For Showers
May 18, 2017 - 00:30
A slight chance of a morning shower, then sunny with lower afternoon humidity Wednesday afternoon, high in the mid to high 90's. Wednesday , that 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms remains after noon, with highs expected to reach near 65.

Erdogan hopeful for breakthrough in dispute on arming Kurds
May 17, 2017 - 02:31
The prime minister, Binali Yıldırım, sounded more realistic when he stated that Turkey can not possibly declare war on the U.S. Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Miley Cyrus' worst nightmare is this song playing at her funeral
May 17, 2017 - 01:54
The 24-year-old singer wore a gold earring that read "LIAM" on her left ear as she sang the song about her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. Well, Paris certainly has got Miley's stamp of approval! "I roll the joints for them, and I just sit there", she confessed.

Senate moderates hold bipartisan health care talks
May 17, 2017 - 01:49
That is why it is opposed by AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and so many more. I'll make a similar recommendation to the one a few weeks ago when I said spend store credit if you have it.