Two big problems that VR currently faces with Daydream is the limited number of devices supported, and lack of spacial awareness. For the other headsets that do offer spacial awareness like the Oculus or HTC Vive, they require you to be tethered to a powerful computer. Thankfully, Google is looking to solve these issues with a standalone VR headset.
No longer will you have to compromise with your VR experience, either by being tethered to a computer or limited to a few select phones that lack spacial awareness. The new headsets will be manufactured by Lenovo and HTC, and will feature spacial awareness while being easy to operate — Google is promising a simple pick up and put on experience. The new headsets will incorporate technology from Google’s augmented reality project, Tango, that was first seen on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
An all in one headset, without the need for a separate computer: this might be the breakthrough that VR needs to hit a more mainstream market outside of gamers. Fans of the book Ready Player One like myself can rejoice thinking of our very own Oasis in the future.
The new all in one VR headsets will go on sale later this year. If you prefer to use your phone for the VR experience, then you’ll be happy to know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are gaining Daydream support. The update will roll out as an over the air update, sometime this summer. It’s certainly exciting to see phones outside of the Pixel lineup gain Daydream support, as that means we should see even more phones support Daydream in the future. Lenovo’s next flagship phone will also be joining the ranks with Daydream support when it’s released later this year.