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

At CES today, Lenovo and Google are launching the world’s first standalone Daydream VR headset. This is a standalone VR headset, which means you don’t need a phone or a computer to enjoy virtual reality on the headset. Lenovo’s Mirage Solo is one of the first standalone VR headsets, and companies like Oculus are expected to launch their own standalone VR headset soon, too.

Lenovo’s Mirage Solo comes with built-in tracking technology called WorldSense which can keep track of your body’s movements without needing any additional sensors or hardware. The feature works similar to how Windows Mixed Reality’s motion tracking works, and it really takes the VR experience to a whole new level as you don’t need to bother with setting up all the sensors, plus be able to move around wherever you want.

Powered by the Snapdragon 835 VR platform, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo comes with a QHD display and weighs only 645 grams. Design wise, the company’s Daydream VR headset looks quite similar to its Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset, which is actually $50 cheaper than the Daydream VR headset.

Lenovo is releasing a “VR camera” called the Mirage Camera with Daydream that can be used by users to capture everything around them in VR, upload them to YouTube or Google Photos, and then watch them on the Mirage Solo. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage to all your content, but you can easily back your content up to Google Photos. It isn’t cheap and comes at “under $300”.

Lenovo hopes to start selling the Mirage Solo VR headset for “under $400” in Q2 of this year. Lenovo is working on bringing the price down, and the final retail price of the product could be slightly lower. Once it becomes available, it’ll be very interesting to see how it compares to other VR headsets on the market since it’s one of the first standalone VR headsets in the market.

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  • Nicholas Kathrein

    Premium Member
    09 January, 2018 - 2:56 pm

    <p>Got to start somewhere and get lots of people using the device to help with perfecting the design. We still are probably a few to as many as 5 years to get the screens and processors small enough plus power efficient enough to really make devices that will wow people. </p>

  • Jorge Garcia

    09 January, 2018 - 5:38 pm

    <p>Google is firing on all cylinders, literally NEGATING the need for other people's products in several key categories…and it is not that those other products are bad, it's that those companies just aren't Google, no one else is. Most of Apple's products, for example, look like antiques in comparison to the stuff Google is close to releasing.</p>

    • MutualCore

      09 January, 2018 - 11:13 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#236414"><em>In reply to JG1170:</em></a></blockquote><p>Not everyone wants to be spied on by Google.</p>

      • Tony Barrett

        10 January, 2018 - 8:34 am

        <blockquote><a href="#236470"><em>In reply to MutualCore:</em></a></blockquote><p>Not everyone wants to be spied on my Microsoft!</p>

      • Jorge Garcia

        10 January, 2018 - 5:24 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#236470"><em>In reply to MutualCore:</em></a></blockquote><p>I agree, but it just can't be denied that Google, precisely DUE to their data-mining, is going to have the most compelling and useful ecosystem by a long shot in the near future. It's going to be a massive deal with the devil, for sure, but who am I kidding, I'm going to buy into that deal for sure, in fact I already have, really (Gmail, G-Maps, Photos, etc.). All we can do is hope the are responsible and accountable, and probably a good deal of consumer protections/regulations will be needed for Google at some point.</p>

        • MutualCore

          13 January, 2018 - 12:03 am

          <blockquote><a href="#236754"><em>In reply to JG1170:</em></a></blockquote><p>Nah. When Apple's Homepod comes out that's what I'm getting. I don't want anything from Google that is in 'always listening' mode. Fuck that.</p>

  • William Clark

    09 January, 2018 - 7:10 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Lenovo hopes to start selling the Mirage Solo VR headset for “under $400” in Q2 of this year.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I think they need to get them down to $299 or even lower. I think the first company to get a decent, wireless, VR headset for $199-250 will make a killing.</span></p>

    • JudaZuk

      11 January, 2018 - 7:45 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#236452"><em>reply to waclark57:</em></a><em> – they can be sold at $25 .. they still lack a real purpose, and that is also why they are not selling</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • davidblouin

    09 January, 2018 - 7:12 pm

    <p>Hurray for <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">standalone VR headsets </span></p>

  • JudaZuk

    10 January, 2018 - 2:12 am

    <p>Yay, something totally pointless with wires have now been released in version that is totally pointless without wires. #Progress #Courage</p>

  • Tony Barrett

    10 January, 2018 - 8:39 am

    <p>People don't talk or socially interact enough as it is these days, especially the young – it's all done on social networks. Will this help? I still think VR/AR is not going to be anywhere near as successful as a lot of companies think it is, but can you imagine that there's a potential that people won't interact at all in the 'real world' any more. Stick one of these things on, and you're gone. People will lock themselves away, go into their virtual world and die sad and alone. It's not a good prospect.</p>

    • JudaZuk

      11 January, 2018 - 7:44 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#236517"><em>In reply to ghostrider:</em></a></blockquote><p>VR has no future in my opinion. </p>


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