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Google, Lenovo Unveil Standalone Daydream VR Headset 'Mirage Solo'

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Google And YI Technologies Unveils YI Horizon VR 180 Camera

Initially Lenovo told us it would cost $450 but clearly realized this was too steep - that's higher than the price of the Oculus Rift - and has adjusted course.

YI Technology (YI), the leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, in collaboration with Google's Virtual Reality (VR) team, announced details of its YI Horizon VR180 Camera. How many of you will be picking one up?

Also coming out from Lenovo is the Mirage Camera, which is an example of what Google is branding as VR180 cameras.

Essentially, there's a flagship smartphone packed inside of the Mirage Solo. Granted, it has the benefit of not requiring a PC, console or even smartphone to run on, but Daydream is more lacking in the games department. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction.

Google, Lenovo Unveil Standalone Daydream VR Headset 'Mirage Solo'

The Mirage Solo VR headset takes advantage of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor to power Google Daydream. The headset works without the need for a PC or phone to run VR experiences, and features integrated positional tracking. This standalone unit has 64GB of storage onboard, which can be expanded further using the included microSD slot (up to 256GB). There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack. Like the Daydream View, you get a simple little motion controller to hold and point with as well. But this announcement gives us a fuller picture of the product.

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is vast for mobile VR.

The Mirage camera offers three shooting mode: photo, video and live broadcasting and you can pair it to your smartphone with Wi-Fi direct.

After the demo completed, we tapped the home button to return to the Daydream's main menu to see a familiar landing page that we're used to seeing in the Daydream View. The display is a 5.5-inch 75Hz 1440p LCD with a 110-degree field of view, and the device contains a 4,000mAh battery. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. Also keep an eye out for the optional (but fun) Move controllers, and remember you'll still need a PS4 or PS4 Pro to play it all on. The Mirage Solo with Daydream will retail for $400, which is way below the price of a 2017 flagship plus a $99 Google Daydream View headset. The Mirage Solo supports the same experiences as existing Daydream headsets, but it's a standalone piece of hardware, not a shell powered by a mobile phone.

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