According to recent media reports, it appears that Google has canceled one of its highly ambitious VR headset project that was closer in design to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. These two VR sets were announced in the beginning of this year and the tech giant started working on its VR plan in February.
However, it seems that the search engine giant still sees the future of technology in virtual and augmented realities (VR and AR) and according to rumors; the company has already begun working on an augmented/virtual reality standalone headset.
Reports say that the search engine giant has been assigning individuals to work on a new high-end headset which features virtual reality and augmented reality.
The tech giant has been focusing on virtual reality for quite some time now. The company recently shut down the internal project because it wanted to streamline its other ambitious projects like its new effort on mobile VR. It released Daydream back in May, and it is an android-powered virtual reality platform for Android 7 Nougat.
Google showed a reference design for a new VR headset that's more advanced than Cardboard and will work mainly for Daydream. Its growth in this direction has been exceptional, with the new headset said to go beyond the Android platform to include more powerful software and hardware platforms.
Features of the new headset
Currently, there is no information regarding the features of the new headset. However, according to reports, the new headset will be similar to Hololens by the Microsoft Corporation. Hololens is an augmented reality headset that projects digital content in the real world. It also operates as a standalone computer and does not need a smartphone or a PC in order to work.
Rumors state that the planned high-end headset is currently in development, but the device will not need a computer or a smartphone in order for it to work. It will come with a screen for viewing virtual reality content, but it will also feature more augmented reality capabilities than the usual VR headsets. This will mean that the headset will have its own consolidated, front-facing camera that will superimpose pictures on real-world surfaces so that users can interact with them.
It was also reported at that time that the VR would not actually work on Android platform and the company is creating an OS especially for AR and VR products.
Unlike most virtual reality headsets, the rumored device will not solely focus on gaming. As of now, there is no information on how it will look like and also the new hardware has no release date.
The Mountain View California company has already invested into the startup company Magic Leap that creates mixed reality experiences similar to the HoloLens. However, whether or not Google's standalone new Augmented/Virtual reality device is part of Magic Leap, or will it completely be a separate project still remains unclear.
In any case, the search giant has declined to comment on the new high-end headset, so, for now, it’s a wildly speculative rumor which should probably be taken with a grain of salt.