Google has announced that its Daydream design will be available in the market before the end of this year. The company intends to "deliver the most premium standalone headset and user experience", and says it'll have more information "soon".
One of the major hurdles virtual reality headsets have to contend with are their reliance on external hardware-be it a PC, PS4, or phone-and the ample number of wires that are involved.
Unlike the now available VR headsets, the newly revealed ones will feature in-built Daydream standards to let users enjoy VR without the use of cables or smartphones stacked inside them.
Facebook has been working on its own stand alone VR headset with inside-out tracking, which it first showed off at Oculus Connect previous year.
Google is partnering with HTC, the company behind the Vive, and Lenovo to build the headsets.
The Google-powered standalone VR products will also use positioning inside-out tracking technology Google calls WorldSense.
Google I/O 207, this year's edition of the annual developer's conference arranged and managed by Google, has sprung up more than a few surprises.
In addition, the headsets will be truly standalone, in that they will not only not require using a smartphone or tethering to a personal computer to operate, such as is now the case with Facebook Inc. -owned Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. And this is why you will feel that you are really there.
The current, phone-supporting version of Google Daydream costs $80.