Facebook’s Hugo Barra says standalone headsets are key to social VR

Even though Oculus didn't have an official presence at CES this year, its leader, Hugo Barra, made a surprise appearance at Qualcomm's press conference to make an important announcement: Xiaomi would be its global hardware partner for Oculus Go, its…
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Lenovo and Google unveil first stand-alone Daydream VR headset – the Mirage Solo

Lenovo is the usual suspect when Google wants to try out new hardware. Project Tango did not work out, but stand-alone Daydream VR headsets may be better. The first of its kind is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The brain that powers this headset is called WorldSense. It tracks your movements without needing external sensors, similar to other stand-alone headsets. The familiar Daydream controller will let you interact with the virtual world. Lenovo is mum on the screen resolution but promises 110° field of view – matching the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The headset is powered by the Snapdragon…

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Lenovo Mirage Solo revealed as a standalone Google Daydream VR headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone Google Daydream VR headset

Google teased more than six months ago that it’d be teaming up with Lenovo to create a standalone Daydream virtual reality headset, and today that device has been revealed.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo will let you experience Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform without a compatible Android phone. The device includes a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, and a 110-degree field of view.

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone Google Daydream VR headset angle view

Lenovo has also crammed a 4,000mAh battery inside the Mirage Solo that it says will give you seven hours of gameplay or video viewing. There’s a Daydream controller included with the device, too.

The Mirage Solo will launch in Q2 2018 at a price below $ 400.

After the news that HTC would no longer be creating a standalone Google Daydream VR headset, it’s good to see the Lenovo model finally revealed. While it’s not exactly cheap, the Lenovo Mirage Solo does offer a mobile VR experience without the need to buy a new Android phone. While the number of Daydream-compatible phones has grown recently, there are still lots of phones out there that don’t support it, and the Mirage Solo enables those people to give mobile VR a go without having to buy both a new phone and a VR headset.

Also announced today is the Lenovo Mirage Camera, a VR180 camera that’ll let you capture VR images and videos. You’ll be able to easily share those images and videos thanks to integration with YouTube and Google Photos. The Mirage Camera will launch later this year for under $ 400.

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Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone is an Oculus Go version for China

Oculus and Xiaomi have partnered up to bring portable VR experience to China. The Mi VR Standalone will be a version of the Oculus Go that is exclusive to China while the Oculus headset will be available in the rest of the world (at $ 200). Both headsets are functionally identical – based on the Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform, they work without a phone or a PC (or cables). Visuals are provided by two 2K LCD screens with new-generation lenses. The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone comes with a motion controller (with a touchpad and a trigger). It has built-in spatial audio (developed by Oculus)…

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Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone Daydream VR headset passes through the FCC

Lenovo’s standalone Daydream VR; Mirage has been certified by the FCC revealing some basic details like support for Daydream, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 4,000mAh battery. Above everything, the new listing indicates we’re close to experience what Daydream VR is like without the need for a smartphone. The upcoming Lenovo VR headset comes with a model number … Continue reading “Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone Daydream VR headset passes through the FCC”
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