HTC Announces 'Revolutionary' New Standalone VR Headset

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At this year's Google I/O event, Qualcomm announced its collaborative design with Google to create a standalone VR headset based on the Daydream VR platform. "The hardware is fully optimised for VR, and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense".

"Daydream will soon also support a new category of VR devices, which we call standalone VR headsets", Google said.

The company has reportedly been working on the stand-alone VR system for more than a year now.

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

With this new integration, you'll have the whole Chrome experience at your virtual fingertips in your VR world, just as you would on your phone or PC.

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The rumor claims that the Google will be showing the standalone VR headset off at its I/O developer conference this week. The new standalone device, however, wouldn't require a PC or smartphone for power, like Google's DayDream and Samsung's GearVR, or Facebook's Oculus and HTC's Vive, as it could feature it's own processor to supply the power.

During I/O 2017, Google unveiled the first major update for their Daydream VR platform originally introduced a year ago. The most outstanding product launched is, however, the VR headset. 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.

Google this week plans to show a device described by a source as the next step for these efforts but it's unclear whether the device will run on Android or make use of a separate operating system altogether.

"We've got to remove more of the friction in using these devices". By building an all-in-one device, Google has configured the headset's underlying technology to exclusively focus on helping it display compelling virtual reality environments without any trade-offs, he explained.