Google IO 2017: HTC Vive Announced a Partnership With Google in Creating a Standalone VR Headset
Google has just announced that they’ll be releasing a standalone VR headset in partnership with HTC Vive. Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google, just took stage at IO 2017 to deliver news about the new partnership between multiple companies for their Daydream VR platform. “I’m excited to announce that an entirely new kind of VR device is coming to Daydream. What we call Standalone VR headsets. And we’re working with partners to make them,” said Bavor. “No cables, no phone, and certainly no PC.”
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Today at Google I/O, Google announced that the Daydream platform is expanding to support a new category of VR devices, standalone headsets. They don’t need a phone or PC to power them, and they’re easy to use, comfortable, and immersive. Everything you need for the best portable VR is built right into the headset.
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More information on Vive’s standalone VR headset will be made available soon, but rest assured it will be simple, easy-to-use and with no cables to connect. Just pick it up, put it on and be fully immersed in your new reality.
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Google will also be partnering with Lenovo in releasing a standalone VR headset with similar compatibilities. There wasn’t much description on the device but it will behave similarly to the newly announced Daydream Vive VR headset.
Google will also be working with Qualcomm in developing what Bavor referenced as the blueprint for this device. The headsets will be running on the Snapdragon 835 VR platform.
Stay tuned to this space for more details.