Google developing virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer: Report

Google is developing a virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.


Google is developing a virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The headset will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras, the Journal reported, citing one person.

Alphabet's Google currently sells a virtual reality device made of cardboard into which users slide in their mobile phones.

Since the launch in 2014, Google has shipped five million Google Cardboards.

The company declined to comment on the Journal report.

Google’s cardboard is already the most accessible and affordable form of VR available to the masses, but while cheap, it’s scope is very limited. The VR experience is limited to just a handful of in-built demos and YouTube videos. Samsung’s GearVR takes this a step further by integrating a few advanced sensors into a relatively inexpensive plastic housing that will be compatible with most Samsung phones.

A previous report revealed that the device will feature better lenses and sensors and will probably integrate VR into Android itself and add support for a larger variety of handsets.

With input from Reuters


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