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The standalone Daydream VR headset will also come with a new design.
After unveiling their new stand-alone Daydream VR hardware earlier this week during the ongoing Google I/O conference. The devices will be incorporating Google Project Tango's WorldSense technology that will give each headset 6-degrees of real-time tracking for head movements - all without wires. Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or the HTC Vive have, but it's a step in the right direction. They've show us what they can do with VR a year ago, launching the Daydream VR platform with matching VR-enabled phones in the Google Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset.
Google is working on new features that could fix some of that.
What do you think about these new capabilities?
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Just like its AR platform, the idea of a shared experience also applies to Daydream. When you're done, you can go back to playing or viewing without disengaging from virtual reality. Daydream 2.0 includes updates in five categories - that is Audio, Graphics, Performance, User Interface, and Tracking + Input.
One problem VR software makers have been trying to combat since virtual reality starting becoming more mainstream is the perception that it's a one-person affair. With this technology, the Google VR headset can understand the distance, track the motion and also create a position for the user in the real world.
If you have used the virtual reality headsets coupled with smartphones to watch your favorite sports or other entertaining stuff, Google will soon make it possible for you to get the same experience minus the smartphone. Other people will have a chance to see what a user is viewing but for now, it's limited to local Chromecast streaming. Google Cast is allwell and good for when everyone's under the same roof.
In order to grow the ecosystem of apps which can take advantage of these platforms, Google is also looking at helping developers with tools like Instant Preview, which allows for changes made to a VR experience to be reflected on the headset "in seconds, not minutes", therefore speeding up development considerably.
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