May 17th, 2017

Google has finally announced their standalone VR platform for folks who want VR without having to use their phones. It’s going to be part of the overall Daydream family, with devices having their own displays, processing internals, and power sources.

Unlike the Daydream View, Google isn’t introducing their own standalone VR headset to kick things off. Instead, the first devices will be made available from HTC and Lenovo. Furthermore, Qualcomm will offer a reference design platform for other OEMs who want to quickly prototype their own standalone headsets.

To go along with all of this, Google has announced WorldSense, a space-sensing technology that makes it easy for VR applications to read your surroundings and more accurately track where you are. The end result should be more immersive and — more importantly — accurate VR experiences.

The standalone headsets and WorldSense should all be rolling out at some point later this year, and you can bet we’ll keep our eyes peeled for these things to come to light in the months ahead.

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