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Google VR headset confirmed to launch later this year

by Brandon Russell | May 19, 2016May 19, 2016 10:54 am PDT

As part of Google’s continued push into VR, the search giant on Thursday confirmed it will indeed build a headset set for release later this year. The confirmation comes following overtures made by Google at I/O on Wednesday in which the company suggested it was only offering a reference design for third-party manufacturers to follow, not a headset of its own.

“The first Daydream-ready headsets and controllers will be rolling out from the reference design,” explained Google VR vice president Clay Bavor. “And, by the way, it’s not just going to be partners building from the reference design, we, Google, are also going to build a controller and a headset and make it available.”

The confirmation corroborates an earlier report claiming Google would make a more mainstream headset option to the current crop of powerhouse VR products, including the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Google already has the software foundations in place, now it just needs the hardware to match.

It’s likely that Google’s headset simply wasn’t ready to show off, which is why nothing was shown off on stage at I/O on Wednesday. However, with a reference design available for third-party OEMs and Daydream now out in the wild, manufacturers have the tools necessary to start building headsets for release this fall.

We can’t wait to take them for a spin.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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