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Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017

Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017

Google's interest in virtual reality (VR) is pretty well-known, what with the launch of the Google Cardboard headset and the Daydream platform.

The headset is described as a stand alone mobile VR device, meaning it won't require a phone or PC to run games and experiences.

If Google does not go through with the announcement, Variety notes that the company could just end up focussing on the current Daydream platform.

Google has not commented on their plans to show a new headset at Google I/O.

Google's developer conference is being held in Mountain View, California from Wednesday to Friday (Thursday-Saturday NZT), with keynote events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The new headset is the next evolution in Google's VR development and besides building on, expanding and improving the Daydream platform, Google brings in some other technologies. This type of positional tracking means the device can detect a user's movements in physical space, like keeping track of whether they have taken a step forward or backward, tilted their body forward, or squatted down.

In fact, the mainstream market really only includes two different kinds of VR headsets. In addition to being a standalone unit, the new headset may also include inside-out positional tracking.

Another piece of the puzzle in Google's VR quest is its stockpile of great VR apps. Late previous year, Google released Google Earth for virtual reality, which has since become one of the highest-rated VR apps on HTC's Vive VR headset. Thanks to a pair of acquisitions, Google is the developer behind three of the top VR apps. But Tiltbrush, Google Earth and Job Simulator also have something else in common: They don't work on Google's Daydream headset, and instead have been released on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.