Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally.

The headset sports dual cameras that will be used for tracking and a Wireless Daydream Motion Controller.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset was previously leaked, when it appeared in an FCC filing over Christmas previous year, but now we know much more about it. Google's own Daydream View headset, which works with smartphones like the Google Pixel, and doesn't offer positional tracking, costs $99. "We also lined the areas that touch your face and forehead with breathable, insulated contoured padding for maximum comfort". PC-based platforms often have beacons and sensors stationed at certain parts of an area, requiring the user to remain tethered to that location as well as to a computer. Google's "WorldSense" capabilities in Daydream Standalone means you are going to be dodging, jumping, and ducking as you interact with new games design for this all-new experience.

Lenovo's Mirage takes advantage of Google's WorldSense inside-out tracking software, which translates your movements in the real world into the digital. In short, you can dodge, bank left, or jump, and all of that will be tracked and interpreted by the platform. Instead of soft fabrics like the original Daydream headset, the Mirage Solo is constructed out of a high-quality plastic, with telescoping sides and quick-release buttons placed throughout for easier adjustability. It's loaded with a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for microSD. The display is a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 WQHD display. And there are a couple of connectivity options, both wired and wireless, for audio and data.

At CES today, Lenovo and Google are launching the world's first standalone Daydream VR headset.

You can do a lot with Daydream today, but it has been clear since Google's last developer conference that the company had greater ambitions for its nascent VR platform.

In the report, Forrester determined that not enough people were aware of VR or planned to purchase a VR device to be worth most marketer's budget. The Mirage Solo VR headset is priced at $449, while the Mirage Camera will set you back $229.

Yet Mirage Solo will also be compatible with the existing Daydream catalog of more than 250 apps and games, including native Google apps like YouTube, Street View, Photos, and Expeditions.

The dual lenses will be able to capture 13MP images and 4K, 1440p and 1080p video at 30 frames per second. In fact, it's a 180-degree camera only. The videos are recorded in the VR180 format, which allows for immersive 3D playback with compatible devices, or controllable 2D video for those without a headset.

And then there's the Mirage Camera.

Lenovo says the Mirage Solo will cost below $400 when it lands to appeal to a more mainstream audience, while the Wi-Fi version of the Mirage Camera will cost below $300.

The Mirage camera also includes a built-in Wi-Fi radio so it can connect to your phone-this is key, because the Mirage doesn't have a preview display, so when connected, the phone does the job.

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