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Google Android VR headset expected at I/O next week

by Brandon Russell | May 11, 2016May 11, 2016 11:40 am PST

We’ve heard Google might expand its VR efforts beyond Cardboard, and a new report suggests that’s exactly what’s going to happen. According to veteran tech journalist Peter Rojas, the search giant is planning to introduce an Android VR standalone headset, one that’s apparently “less powerful than the Vive or Rift.”

Earlier this year, a report from The Wall Street Journal claimed Google was working on a headset with capabilities beyond that of Cardboard, but not quite as powerful as some of the more expensive options on the market. Based on these reports, the device will not need a PC to function, making it a much more portable option.

It sounds a lot like the headsets offered by Samsung though it’s unclear if Google’s option will rely on a user’s existing smartphone; for what it’s worth, the earlier report from WSJ said the screen will come built in. If it does come built in, we can probably expect a price in the $200-300 range; however, it’ll likely be much cheaper than the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive, which range from $400-$800.

In addition to working on a standalone headset, Google is also rumored to be prepping software enhancements specific for VR, which could arrive with Android N later this year. With Google I/O coming up next week, we should hear more details then.

Brandon Russell

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