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Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?

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Angelo Anderson | 17 May, 2017, 11:46

Google will reportedly preview the latest version of its virtual-reality headset at its annual developer conference this week. This kind of technology is being supported by Facebook's Oculus Rift headset, Sony's PlayStation VR and HTC's Vive, but all of these headsets make use of external cameras and sensors to track a user. Starting with the affordable Google Cardboard, the Mountain View giant followed this measly (but decent) creation with the Daydream VR headset.

Rather than use a smartphone for the screen, Google's new VR headset will have a screen built-in, make use of what's being called "inside out tracking" and have high-powered chips.

However the report notes that it is unclear as to what software will be used to power this headset, whether it be Android or maybe something completely new of Google's own making, but until we hear it from Google officially, take it with a grain of salt for now.

Daydream VR 2.0: Google unveiled its VR platform, Daydream VR in 2016 alongside the Daydream View headset.

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Another piece of the puzzle in Google's VR quest is its stockpile of great VR apps.

Google is hosting a separate session at I/O on Thursday morning that is dedicated to both virtual and augmented reality. Its technology could help Daydream View 2.0 improve positional tracking, an essential component of VR gaming. The company now uses a Controller Emulator app, which lets users use a secondary Android phone as a controller. Tango started out as a project of Google's X lab, but has since become part of the same VR group that has also been developing Daydream. Hence, Google needs to improve both availability of VR games for headset and it also needs to match up to its competitors like Oculus with accessories such as controllers.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment.

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