Can Google make virtual reality less lonely?

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Google has confirmed rumours that it is working on a standalone virtual reality headset based around its Daydream platform, and that it has signed Lenovo and HTC up as partners to bring it to market. In addition it revealed that Samsung's new Galaxy S8 devices will now work with Google's budget Daydream headset. In order to do this, the standalone Daydream VR headset will have everything that a user would need built into it. "WorldSense enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks your precise movements in space - and it does this all without any external sensors to install".

We have been tackling the big announcements coming out of Google I/O today.

During I/O 2017, Google unveiled the first major update for their Daydream VR platform originally introduced previous year. WorldSense and VPS will remain in development throughout the year as Google refines the new systems. This sounds simple, but I think it's going to be key to mobile VR becoming important. That said, the end cost will ultimately be up to the companies that are making the headsets which in this case is HTC's Vive team, as well as Lenovo. Google is also adding a cast option so that you can mirror the VR screen on a television so your friends and family can see what you're seeing. "The hardware is fully optimised for VR, and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense". While it has largely tried to deliver on the content bit, the devices have been lacking, mostly. The company says there are now 8 phones with Daydream support, and more handsets will be added to the growing list from the likes of Motorola and Lenovo.

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"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors". Users pull up the dashboard and simply select the casting destination, this even works switching between apps.

This week, Variety reported that the world could potentially finally get a glimpse of this standalone headset in action at Google's I/O developer conference.