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Google, at its annual developer conference, announced that its Daydream VR platform will soon support standalone devices by HTC VIVE and Lenovo that don't require a smartphone or PC to operate.

As had been rumored, at Google I/O's keynote address today the company announced a major step forward in their offering in the virtual reality headset market with the upcoming release of a standalone VR headset.

These standalone headsets will aim to utilize the convenience afforded by portable smartphone VR without the current constrictions holding back consumers like lack of physical space or incompatible software specs. The standalone headsets will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, but won't have touchscreen capabilities meaning the Daydream team has had to come up with new interaction dynamics for accessing things - and that means a new dashboard. While a release date for Google's system is still forthcoming, clearly we won't have to wait much longer for the virtual world to reach that next level of freedom. Google has presented its new standalone headset, which will feature Daydream powered by dedicated chipsets and sensors. Everything required to deliver a smooth and immersive VR experience will be integrated within the headset. The first VR headsets using this technology are expected to go on sale later this year. 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 partnership has already created a pair of prototype headsets allowing hardware manufacturers "to make their own models based on the technology".

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