Google Is Looking To Join The VR Game As Early As This Year

Google Cardboard was only the beginning. 

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It looks like Google is planning on joining Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and the HTC Vive. The "everything" company is planning a new VR headset, and it's supposedly launching this year.

According to a report via The Financial Times, Google's headset is meant to compete with the "big boys" of VR, featuring "better sensors, lenses, and a more solid plastic casing." Of course, there's no name as of yet, but it's looking like said headset will come out later this year with an additional update to Android VR tech. It'll need to use a smartphone as a companion for both its display and processing power, much like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

Google hasn't commented further on this development per GameSpot, but this is a pretty interesting turn of events. We'll keep you updated as additional information becomes available.

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    February 8, 2016 12:45 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Google Is Looking To Join The VR Game As Early As This Year

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      February 8, 2016 2:36 PM

      A challenger virtually appears

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      February 8, 2016 2:43 PM

      They should work on improving the tablet experience on tablets (just like the honeycomb days) and the performance of Android in general instead of this crap

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        February 8, 2016 2:51 PM

        False dichotomy error

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        February 8, 2016 3:42 PM

        But those are 2 completely different organizations. They have zero impact on each other.

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      February 8, 2016 2:50 PM

      Pet peeve: Can you report headlines like this as "Google reportedly looking to XXX" or the like?

      I'm constantly reading stories that assert something as fact and then it turns out it hasn't been confirmed by anybody so it's just speculation with varying degrees of likelihood.

      This really bugs me when I know something about the topic since a good half the time it turns out to be false. I don't happen to know on this one, but a bunch of Chrome stories that are bogus have been reported this way lately so it's on my mind.

      Sincerely,
      dognose
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      February 8, 2016 3:14 PM

      So you mean they're going to join then quit a few years later?

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      February 8, 2016 3:25 PM

      Meh. They can't approach Vive or Oculus levels of quality with a phone.

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          February 8, 2016 3:39 PM

          Cost is not the challenge. It's power and heat. Also I understand he's trying to prove a point but starting with the univac is not relevant data. It would be much less impressive, but more apropos to this discussion.

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            February 8, 2016 3:40 PM

            err, end of that should have read ..."if he limited it to modern systems." Also that article he linked is all about economy, not hardware.

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              February 8, 2016 3:48 PM

              the obvious corollary of that chart is that power consumption/availability and heat have also improved massively since those days. It's not like an iPad 2 has that power cheaply but immediately overheats. It's a usable massive increase in power. You can find plenty of similar charts comparing mobile power to PCs or consoles (ex iPhone 6S web browsing being comparable in speed to a SP3, GPU approaching Xbox/360 levels of power). The trend line isn't set to change immensely in the near term. There's a reason Carmack spent a significant amount of his time at Oculus focused on mobile.

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        February 8, 2016 5:39 PM

        guessing they are taking what they learned from the Tango and putting it in a phone, which could be really cool

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      February 8, 2016 3:28 PM

      So they can wait to New Year's Eve to start technically?

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      February 8, 2016 3:35 PM

      Prototype demo: http://gfycat.com/RaggedChiefChinchilla