Google partners Qualcomm To Develop Daydream VR Headset

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On the second day of Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced an update for its Daydream VR platform, which has been christened as Daydream Euphrates.

Google has officially confirmed a year's worth of rumours, stating that it is indeed building a standalone virtual reality headset based on its Daydream platform.

These headsets aim to offer more tracking freedom compared to something like Google Cardboard or the Daydream headset, which do require smartphones to work. This enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks the user's movements in space without the need for external sensors.

Google has collaborated with Qualcomm to develop and build on the design for the standalone headset.

One of the key changes will be an updated interface: Google wants Daydream VR to become more of a full-featured operating system.

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WorldSense also builds on Google's Tango technology for augmented reality, which allows devices to track motion and understand distances and their position.

For the previous year or so, Google has been reported to be working on a standalone virtual reality headset that wouldn't require display support from a smartphone or tethering with a PC.

The new headsets will differ from current offerings, including Google's own Daydream platform or even Cardboard, in that no smartphone, computer or gaming console will be needed to use the headset.

Compatibility has been the biggest barrier to Daydream's appeal so far, and Google look to be making a major effort to address that here. HTC's announcement is a world first, but considering the competitive nature of VR, we're expecting rival companies like Oculus VR and Sony to chime in as well. But the company, better-known for its manufacture of Android phones, said in a statement that "Vive represents the best VR experience in market, whether it is PC-powered or stand-alone devices". The announcement did not reveal many details except for the model name, "Vive Standalone", and the descriptions - "simplistic, lightweight and portable".