Google VR may not require a smartphone, PC, or console to run it

A self-contained VR headset sure would raise a lot of eyebrows.


Google is planning on taking VR more serious as early as this year, and it’s planning on shaking things up by offering an experience that is entirely self-contained.

In a report published by the Wall Street Journal, whatever Google is cooking up will be self-contained and won’t need a smartphone to use, like the Gear VR, nor a computer or a game console to work. The device is expected to be a true all-in-one device that would deliver a VR experience.

Google is also expected to release a more advanced version of its Google Cardboard that would require the use of a smartphone to provide its screen and drive its experience, although it’ll be a little more high tech than just a piece of cardboard. The more advanced version is expected to include computer chips and sensors.

The world of VR is expanding at a rapid pace lately as the Oculus Rift will soon be available, followed by the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and some other lesser known devices. What all of these devices have in common is the fact they all need an outside source to help power their experience, which PC manufacturers are attempting to provide themselves. But if Google’s entry into VR can offer as good an experience as these products, all within a self-contained unit, that could change things drastically and usher in the evolution of the VR space, even before it officially takes off.

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    February 12, 2016 8:52 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Google VR may not require a smartphone, PC, or console to run it

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      February 12, 2016 3:42 PM

      Okay. So it's either going to be ridiculously expensive and powerful, or a reasonable price but an underpowered piece of shit. It seems like a strange decision.

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        February 12, 2016 3:43 PM

        It could be the spiritual successor to Google Glass. So ridiculously expensive?

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          February 12, 2016 3:45 PM

          I'd be afraid to buy it. Who knows when Google will decide to just shitcan it

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          February 12, 2016 3:47 PM

          Ah of course. I had forgot about Google glass (along with the rest of the world. Lol). That didn't really have any real graphical processing capability though did it? It was just a projector on your face and your phone did all the work?

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            February 12, 2016 4:49 PM

            Whatever it was, people kept hating on it and trying to ban it

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