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HTC announces new wireless virtual reality headset powered by Google Daydream

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Thursday, May 18th 2017 - 19:37 BST
HTC announces new wireless virtual reality headset powered by Google Daydream
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HTC has announced that it is working on a wireless virtual reality headset that won't require a smartphone or computer to experience virtual reality content.


The new virtual reality headset from HTC still doesn't have a name, but according to HTC the headset will feature an integated screen and will run on Google's Daydream virtual reality platform. As such it is likely that the headset runs a heavily modified Android system that only allows access to Google Daydream.
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The new headset is said to be simplistic, lightweight and portable, allowing people to carry it around with ease. Because the headset runs its own operating system, it will not be required to be connected to a smartphone or PC to power its visuals.

The headset also comes with Google's WorldSense, a new inside-out positional tracking technology that allows virtual reality applications and content to detect the user's movement in 3D space.

The retail version of the headset will be bundled with Google's Daydream controller, which features a touchpad and two buttons to allow users to interact with content.

The new wireless virtual reality headset is expected to launch later this year.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.

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Suicidal_banana
368 days ago
This comment has been removed. I cant help but think that a daydream capable phone + some sort of GearVR-like-'dock' would've been better, unless im mistaken theres not really enough VR content on Android to justify a standalone device?
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Ray
367 days ago
This comment has been removed. I think this all depends on the price of the headset. If HTC can deliver a VR experience that is €100 or €200 cheaper than the competition this will obviously be very interesting.

Combining it with Daydream may also be a really good idea because if this headset is indeed cheaper this will open up the VR market like never before.
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