Google now rumored to be building its own stand-alone virtual reality headset



The push for virtual reality still going strong, and now it turns out that Google may be making even bigger waves in the market soon.

According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal, the house that built Android is now putting real work on building a stand-alone virtual reality (VR) headset. Google, for what it’s worth, already has some efforts in the VR space with its Google Cardboard headset, which uses a smartphone for the primary experience, but this is something much more powerful — and doesn’t need a smartphone or PC to work.

According to sources, the device will feature “will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras,” and it is being designed with a more “middle-ground” experience in mind. Something that’s more than the Cardboard-and-smartphone experience, but something that’s a bit less than the all-out VR experience that is available with things like the Oculus Rift.

Interestingly enough, this new initiative is something different than what Google is planning to bring to market that competes directly with Samsung’s Gear VR, which Google is reportedly planning to unveil later this year alongside a new version of its mobile platform, Android.

As far as a release date goes, one source said that Google could launch this VR experience this year, while another said that the plans are still in the early stages, and that it could see a launch much later.

This news comes weeks after word surfaced that Apple has a secret team put together for its own virtual reality headset.

Are you getting excited about all the virtual reality coming your way?

[via The Wall Street Journal]

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