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The move marks a major evolution of Daydream, which launched as a platform for compatible smartphones in October alongside a motion-sensitive controller and phone-cradle headset.

But sources also cautioned the company may decide to give a limited preview and there's always a chance that it may scrap the unveiling altogether and focus on its existing Daydream VR platform.

Sadly, neither Google nor its partners were willing to share details on pricing and formal availability beyond a rough commitment to launching commercial headsets before the end of the year. The most outstanding product launched is, however, the VR headset.

VR fans, you going to pickup a standalone unit? This development is expected to broaden virtual reality's horizon beyond video games to a much larger audiences.

Google's VR headset inside-out positional tracking means that, unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Google's WorldSense VR headsets can operate without external sensor trackers, confirming rumors leading up to Wednesday's reveal.

"Everything you need for the best portable VR is built right into the headset", a post on the Vive blog explains.

Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality for Google, introduces the Daydream View VR headset during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016.

Google today confirmed what we've long suspected; Samsung's new Galaxy S8 smartphone will soon support Google's Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. They've also described the new device as a "lightweight" way to experience standalone VR. This new standardised Daydream VR headset will be made available some time in the second half of this year. We're yet to see exactly what this headset looks like, but we suspect it will be close to the reference devices that Qualcomm has produced in the past. That being said, the current models of Daydream are only able to detect the tilt of the user's head, so this is still an improvement even if it doesn't work quite as well as Google is promising.