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Google says no standalone Daydream VR headset from HTC after all

Last May, Google said it was working with two companies–HTC Vive and Lenovo–on standalone Daydream VR headsets . The hardware would be the first featuring Google’s WorldSense system, offering positional tracking without any wires. Today, both Google and HTC confirmed there are no longer any plans for a standalone Daydream Vive device . Instead, HTC says, it is focusing its standalone efforts on the Chinese market and on a system it calls the Vive Focus . A Google spokesperson says plans are still in place for a Lenovo Daydream standalone headset. Standalone headsets with positional tracking allow users to physically move around in virtual environments rather than simply being in the center of a 360-degree scene. Low-end and mobile VR systems such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s own Cardboard and Daydream View offer the latter, while higher-end systems like PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC’s Vive offer the former. Oculus recently showed the latest version of its Santa Cruz standalone prototype , which also features positional tracking. The news that Vive will not be producing a standalone headset for Google is disappointing, especially as VR enthusiasts get ready for a second generation of hardware that gets rid of cumbersome wires. Having more choice is a good thing, and it’s curious that HTC has decided to put its efforts into the Chinese market. “We still have a great relationship with Google,” a HTC spokesperson said, “but will not be bringing a standalone device to Western markets on Daydream. We’re looking closely at our hardware roadmap, and will share when there is more to come for Western users next year.”

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Google says no standalone Daydream VR headset from HTC after all

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