Standalone VR headset may be revealed at Google I/O

Developers will get their first glimpse of Google's next-generation virtual reality headset at company's I/O developer conference, sources have told Variety. In fact past year it was rumored that Google could be throwing their hat into the ring with a dedicated VR headset similar to that of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and the Sony PlayStation VR. Since then, Google has assembled other pieces of its VR puzzle, including its Tango augmented reality platform.

However the report notes that it is unclear as to what software will be used to power this headset, whether it be Android or maybe something completely new of Google's own making, but until we hear it from Google officially, take it with a grain of salt for now. Oculus is also working an inside-out tracking headset. It's a virtual reality headset that doesn't require either the huge gaming PC or the smartphone to power the experience has been in the works, according to sources aware of the development. Tango makes use of a variety of sensors to map a room and track the movement of a device through a room.

Google's headset is instead supposed to use on-board sensors for what's been called inside-out tracking, taking away the need to install any external hardware.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment.

The report comes one year after last year's confab, known as I/O, where Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled a big push into hardware. With this, Google now owns three VR killer apps.

And earlier this month, Google acquired Owlchemy Labs, the maker of the Job Simulator, another highly-popular VR game.

Daydream View 2.0 will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. A consumer release would be far off in the future, with the announcement at I/O aimed at likely giving developers time to create optimized apps for the new device.

  • Santos West