"These devices build on what's already great about smartphone-based VR, and make the experience even easier and more comfortable with WorldSense", Google explained.

Preliminary sketches of Daydream headsets coming from HTC and Lenovo appear identical to other HMDs on the market. Luckily, new devices are joining DayDream, including the highly successful Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus through a software update this summer, and the ZenFone AR. HTC now sells its own VR headset, the Vive, which requires a powerful computer to operate. What we do know is that the new headset will use a new inside-out positional tracking technology known as Worldsense. Google also announced during I/O that Samsung's latest smartphones will also be getting Daydream support. This new device in the Vive family is a standalone unit that does not require a PC or a smartphone to power the experience and is completely wireless.

VR just took a major step forward. Google also promised that the new headsets will have improved tracking.

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Also showcased was the Visual Positioning System, a sensing technology that remembers the position of things indoors and works in conjunction with the Google Maps.

Google will not be building these headsets itself. Designed for low-powered phones, this streamlined version of Android will have a the Google Play Store that will feature optimized apps for these devices. While exact specifications have yet to be confirmed for the headsets, Backchannel reported they are expected to be priced within a range comparable to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Soon enough you'll be able to use the anticipated ASUS ZenPhone AR phone and, of course, the Galaxy S8 handsets.


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