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WSJ: Google is developing a standalone VR headset

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According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, Google is getting more serious about VR as it is plans to build its first standalone virtual reality headset.

As is quite clear, a standalone virtual reality headset will not require a smartphone, PC, or a gaming console to provide you with a VR experience. The report claims the headset will feature a screen, powerful processors, and outward-facing cameras. Technology for the headset is apparently going to be supplied by Movidius.

Unfortunately, it still isn’t clear when exactly the headset will become available. While one of the sources claims it could be ready before the end of this year, other sources aren’t so sure if that could be possible. Currently the headset is said to be in very early stages of development, which means there is a chance that the project may not see the light of day if Google decides to cancel it entirely.

The report also reveals that Google will be unveiling a Samsung Gear VR rival at the I/O developer conference this year. Along with the new headset, Google will also add quite a few VR oriented features to the next version of Android, which will also be shown off at the same event.

Source: WSJ

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