Last Sunday, Google announced that they are developing a VR headset that is more advanced than Cardboard and Samsung Gear’s VR. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is working on a stand-alone VR headset, which means it does not need to be plugged in to a smartphone or a computer.
Google has not released the name of this new device, but they hinted that “will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras” according to the Journal’s sources. It will provide a “middle ground” experience, wherein it will offer the convenience of untethered operation but still not on the same level as Oculus or HTC Vive.
Too good to be true?
Another rumored Gear VR competitor will be introduced alongside a new version of Android that also makes VR a core part of the OS. It has been described as a Nexus-style VR headset that will be released at I/O 2016 later this year.
A Journal source said that this stand-alone headset could arrive this year, but it appears to still be in early development and has the possibility of being completely scrapped out if things don’t go as planned. It is rumored that Movidiius, a San-Mateo based startup company, will be supplying the technology for this headset in terms of head movements.
Google has major competition in this field. Big names such as Oculus, Samsung, Sony and HTC each have their own contribution to the VR headset world. Each will try to outdo the other. Google has yet to comment or make an official statement regarding this stand-alone VR headset. However, if true, it would mean some serious new competition for current companies.