Google joins the standalone headset battle with Mirage Solo

CES 2018 has been defined by wireless VR headsets, with HTC and Oculus both announcing their entries into the battle.

Google has also announced that is will be looking to release its own wireless, standalone headset based on its Daydream VR platform. The Mirage Solo is being created in partnership with hardware manufacturer Lenovo.

Google’s first headset, the Daydream View, required a smartphone.

The headset is powered by WorldSense, which tracks your movements without the requirement for external sensors, much in the same way as other standalone devices. While Lenovo has so far not released any info on the screen resolution, they have said that the headset will match the Oculus rift and HTC Vive with a 110⁰ field of view.

The headset uses the Snapdragon 835 VR platform VR platform with 4GB of RAM, which may give it an edge over the Oculus Go.

A new challenger

In a blog post on the Lenovo website, the company describes the headset:

“Launching the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream together reaffirms our commitment to designing products that are different for the sake of being better. With their affordable price points, this VR duo brings innovative, new technologies such as WorldSense and VR180 to everyday users.”

The headset will be released in conjunction with the Lenovo Mirage Camera, which uses Daydream technology so that users capture their own VR videos.

One factor that may become important is the intended pricing of the different headsets. The Mirage Solo is looking like it will cost somewhere in the realm of $400 in the US, while Oculus has said it is targeting $200.

The Mirage Solo will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2018.

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