Wednesday 28 September 2016

Google's new VR headset won't need a smartphone

Paul Mallon

Published 16/02/2016 | 16:37

Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard

Google is said to be working on a new virtual reality style headset which won't need to have a smartphone to provide images

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Google Cardboard has been a major breakthrough for virtual reality, with affordable headsets that can bring the technology to the masses using their existing smartphone. That tech should see greater uptake in 2016 and beyond but the company already has its eyes on the future.

Reports are coming in that Google is working on a new headset which won't require the use of a smartphone or even the games console or PC, like other high cost units including the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. It would be a self contained unit featuring a processor, high quality screens and even its own cameras which could include elements of the real world in the virtual one.

There's no word on when that product might be ready to launch but in the meantime Google has an updated version of the Cardboard headset in the works, which will focus on providing a more premium experience at a higher cost. Let's hope they keep it relatively affordable as users start to come around to the idea of virtual reality as part of their everyday lives.

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