Google is making great strides with its Daydream VR initiative, with the latest news involving HTC, and an upcoming standalone VR headset to be released later this year.
“Standalone” in this context is a hugely exciting feature, denoting a capacity to run even without a separate smartphone or a PC with cables extending to the headset. Making use of the Daydream platform, this upcoming HTC/Google headset will give a “complete VR experience” by utilizing a device specifically made for VR, instead of a device made to adapt to the limitations of a regular smartphone.
Additionally, not requiring a PC to power the headset deletes the annoying cables and the expense of a dedicated VR-capable machine. So this second generation Daydream View device will straddle a sustainable middle ground for buyers interested in VR but are unimpressed with the current mobile VR experience and are also unwilling to spend more to bridge the gap to a full PC-based VR unit.
This standalone Vive headset will use Google’s newly developed WorldSense inside-out tracking which does not require beacons or external sensors for positional tracking, in stark contrast to the Oculus and Vive approach to VR. According to Google, WorldSense is an improvement to the gyro-equipped positional capabilities of a regular smartphone as well, with the capability of detecting movement across space in addition to detecting tilting and turning of a user’s head.
No actual hardware is being shown yet, so stay tuned. Both HTC and Lenovo has been announced as the first partners for creating a standalone VR headset.