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.