Google said to be working on a standalone VR headset

Google is reportedly developing a new, standalone virtual reality headset. Unlike the Oculus Rift, which requires a PC to work, or Google Cardboard, which is powered by smartphones, this new device would apparently be untethered, operating more akin to the Microsoft HoloLens, a standalone augmented reality headset.

From The Wall Street Journal:

One of the people familiar with the matter said the headset will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras. Google plans to use chips from startup Movidius Inc. that use the cameras' feeds to track the motion of the user's head, the person said.

This report comes following rumors that Google was working on another VR headset. That device would still require a smartphone, but would feature a number of advancements over the current Google Cardboard designs. That headset is reportedly on track for release later this year. Google's efforts in virtual reality are no doubt aided by its work with Magic Leap, a company that specializes in AR and VR technologies.

As for the standalone device, The Wall Street Journal notes that it's still in early development, and a release windows, if it ever sees the light of day, is yet to be determined.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Joseph Keller