Chrome VR is coming to Google's Daydream

Posted May 20, 2017

Standalone VR headsets that don't require a PC, a phone, or a whole mess of wires are going to make virtual reality so much more approachable.

On the second day of Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced an update for its Daydream VR platform, which has been christened as Daydream Euphrates. 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.

WorldSense is a product name for a positional tracking system that operates on an "inside-out" principle; it doesn't need any external sensors or beacons to track the movement of your head through 3D space.

Among them, perhaps the most impactful to the gaming industry is the next step in what Google is calling Daydream VR. One of the major announcements was Google VR headsets will be fully tracked and untethered.

As a result, a software update will be bringing support for Daydream to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus later in the year. They are free-form and wireless, yet still capable of providing full 360 degree tracking using what Google calls WorldSense. Still, as a standalone device, this could be a good way to get more people trying virtual reality content. Neither headset has been named, but HTC's model appears to incorporate both its own "Vive" trademark, as well as the Google "Daydream" name. The Daydream-powered device will launch later this year.

"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors".

If you've alienated all your local friends by making them watch you play video games, there's a new option for hanging out with other VR users. Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the US first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday.