According to a new report from WSJ, citing people familiar with the matter, Google is reportedly working on their own standalone virtual reality headset.
Unlike the Google Cardboard, the new VR headset will reportedly work without the need of a smartphone or a PC to play.
The report continues to mention that Google will also launch an updated version of their $20 Cardboard headset which requires a smartphone to work with advanced features and sensors. One of the people familiar with the matter told WSJ that the upcoming VR from Alphabet will be equipped with a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras.
The Alphabet Inc. unit is developing an all-in-one virtual-reality headset that doesn’t rely on a smartphone, computer or game console, according to people familiar with the matter. That would be a first in the rapidly evolving field.
Google also plans to release later this year a more advanced version of its $20 cardboard virtual-reality viewer that uses a smartphone as a screen, people familiar with the matter said. The new plastic viewer will include computer chips and sensors, these people said.
As for the launch, the report said it’s possible that Google may unveil the standalone VR headset later this year, while some of the people familiar with the matter said it’s still in development stages so it may not be possible this year.