Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them. This is awesome because it uses existing high end hardware and makes the headsets cheap, but it also means that you’re using hardware not optimized for VR.
Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. It is the first standalone Daydream headset and it can provide the full VR experience with no extra parts. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display with a 110 degree view, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD slot, and a headphone jack for audio.
The device also features Google WorldSense, which is a new positional tracking technology that claims to provide PC quality tracking without extra sensors. This gives you the maneuverability of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on the go.
Google also announced two VR180 cameras made by Lenovo and Yi Technologies which shoot 4K 180-degree video. Google claims that they have a more natural sense of depth than 360-degree cameras while being more useful than traditional cameras, though I wouldn’t be surprised if most people would struggle to see the point.
The idea of a standalone mobile VR headset is definitely a good one and should provide a better experience than using your smartphone. The Lenovo Mirage Solo will be launching in Q2 of 2018 for under $400. How many of you will be picking one up?