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More advanced Google VR headset to debut at I/O

by Brandon Russell | May 16, 2017May 16, 2017 3:15 pm PDT

A VR headset that doesn’t require any peripherals will reportedly debut at Google’s I/O conference on Wednesday. Google has allegedly been working on the headset for more than a year—rumors as far back as June started surfacing about the mysterious VR project.

“The technology used for [the headset] has been described as cutting-edge, and will likely include inside-out positional tracking,” Variety said in its report.

What will make Google’s headset special is it won’t require a smartphone or PC to function; it’ll stand completely on its own, making it a more convenient option than the other alternatives on the market. It will even outshine Google’s Daydream View, which requires a smartphone to use.

Variety claims Google plans to preview the headset in a limited capacity at tomorrow’s keynote, though plans to show it off may be scrapped altogether. The report even warns the headset may never see the light of day.

Despite introducing Daydream VR at its I/O conference in 2016, very few devices have been released that support the platform. Google may see the standalone headset as a new direction to take Daydream VR, rather than relying on third-party manufacturers to release devices that are Daydream VR-ready.

The headset is said to use on-board sensors for its “inside-out” tracking system, which reportedly simplifies VR headsets and makes them much more accessible to the masses. Without the need for a powerful PC, many more people can use them—you simply purchase a headset and you’re good to go.

While Google is planning to tease the headset at I/O, Variety claims it’ll be a while before it’s released to consumers. We’ll learn more at the company’s keynote on May 17.

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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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