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Google is reportedly making its Daydream VR platform available to standalone devices, as the company announced today at Google IO 2017 conference.
This is possible largely due to its partnership with Qualcomm, and the two have created a Daydream reference design VR headset which will allow manufactures to develop their own standalone headsets based on the design. Additionally, Google is also teaming up with HTC and Lenovo to develop standalone Daydream VR Headsets, set for release this year.
Since these headsets are all planned to be standalone, they wont need cables, PC or a phone inserted for VR. The reference design is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform and will "enable manufacturers to build a whole new category of VR devices", says Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual reality at Google.
We still dont know the specifics yet, but we know that the reference design headset is self-contained, with all the tech needed to power VR in a pick-up-and-go form factor. Additionally, developers and manufacturers will be able to use WorldSense tracking which is essentially Google's version of six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, custom-spec'd tracking cameras and sensors with Tango-based tracking.
Since there is no phone involved, and all the sensors, gyroscope and cameras are contained inside the headsets, latency should be reduced, providing for a better overall experience.
This is a big move from Google's part and marks the first time where VR headsets dont require a wire or a smartphone to operate.