HTC, Lenovo Developing Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets For Google

Daydream is also getting new sharing features, like simple screenshot capturing, bringing it more in line with features you'd expect on modern day consoles. Google has rewarded HTC and Lenovo to distribute the finished products by the end of the year. HTC hopes to hurdle that barrier with the introduction of a new Vive headset that doesn't require a computer or phone.

But the paper says Google is the only manufacturer to have a device that will be available for consumers to buy. Our friends from SlashGear map out the changes in more detail (via the source link below), but it sure is an exciting time for VR and Google.

The price tag may seem expensive, but experiencing high-end VR without being tethered to a beefy PC could encourage people to hand over the cash for one of the headsets. The first of these headsets are expected to hit shelves later this year. They have everything you need for VR built in. The focus of Google is to create headsets which will be easy to use and control. Google has packed a slew of features in the latest update. For VR, we've used technology from Tango as the foundation of WorldSense. The primary use of this technology is in AR, but Google is looking for ways to implement it in VR technology as well.

Google is also making it possible to make YouTube user-friendly in virtual reality. The WorldSense technology makes sure that your world matches up with the virtual world. "You feel like you're really there".

Google has sunk more energy into turning around its low-to-middle tier Daydream VR experience, announcing a slew of partnerships relating to the virtual reality headset. The company promises it to be simplistic. Bavor also announced a new AR initiative called the Visual Positioning System. Similar browsers were added to other virtual reality services, and they work quite well. So, it can locate the presence of a phone up to a few centimeters. VPS is a system that lets devices work out their precise location indoors.

At Google's I/O 2017 developer conference, the search giant also revealed it will be working with Lenovo and HTC to produce Daydream headsets that do no require an Android smartphone to act as the VR engine for the headset. Qualcomm is now working on a reference design, with HTC and Lenovo expected to produce the first consumer sets sometime this year.