Google today said it has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a new standalone Daydream VR head set based on the San Diego based chip maker’s latest mobile platform Snapdragon 835.
This was announced during Google’s annual technology event Google I/O 2017.
Today’s collaboration is an extension of both the firms’ earlier partnership to develop Daydream VR for smartphones. The current collaboration would develop a standalone Daydream VR headset reference design to build more such products.
“We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.
“Our companies share the same vision: to make it possible for everyone to enjoy rich and immersive VR experiences on a smartphone device or a dedicated VR head-mounted display while being fully mobile, rather than being restricted by cables or limited to predefined rooms setup for outside-in tracking,” added Kressin.
The new Daydream standalone headset reference design includes custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors that make the best use of the Tango-based tracking technology Google has placed in the headset.
The first of these headsets are expected to hit shelves later this year.
“The Daydream standalone headset reference design created in close partnership with Qualcomm will enable manufacturers to build a whole new category of VR devices,” said Clay Bavor, vice president, virtual reality, Google.
“These headsets have everything needed for VR, built right into the headset itself and are as easy to use as picking them up. They’ll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment. We’re thrilled that headsets will begin to hit shelves later this year.”
Today’s announcement is an addition to the Fall 2016 announcement of the Snapdragon 821 and 820 processors supporting Daydream-ready devices. The fruits of this multi-year effort with Google now offers customers choice in Daydream headsets – from smartphone VR to standalone VR.