Rumors that Google would launch a standalone Daydream headset for VR are now coming to fruition. Well, mostly. Although Google isn’t directly manufacturing this one, that’s not to say they don’t have plans in the near future, the model grabbing the attention at this year’s CES 2018 is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. We first learned about the headset when it passed through the FCC last month, but only now are we getting an official look at it.
The headset, built in collaboration with Google, allows users to tap into the wonderful world of virtual reality. Unlike previous Daydream headsets, the Mirage Solo doesn’t required a smartphone to power it — everything is built right into the headset (display, processor, memory). That means you can save your smartphone for more important matters while still enjoying the wealth of VR content available from Google’s Daydream platform.
The design is a little more serious and less playful than Google’s fabric wrapped Daydream headset. The Mirage Solo is mostly plastic, with thick plastic straps that fasten around your skull and a giant pad for the forehead. It looks closer to Sony’s PlayStation VR headset and should help keep the headset from sliding around your face.
With Google’s “WorldSense” capabilities, the headset uses positional tracking so you can actually physically walk around in the real world and have that accurately translated into the virtual world, similar to headsets like the HTC Vive.
Controlling normal Daydream games/apps is done with the traditional Daydream controller, and inside the headset features a 2560×1440 LCD screen, Snapdragon 835 processor 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless headphones, headphone jack for wired, micro USB and USB-C, and a hefty 4,000mAh battery for 7+ hours of gaming. The Lenovo Mirage Solo will be priced under $400 when it launches sometime in the second quarter of this year.