Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

For convenience it's the last of those that's the most sensible for casual users, which is exactly where the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream fits in.

The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions. The standard is created to streamline content acquisition for delivery to VR headsets, using dual-lens 180-degree cameras with 3D support rather than 360-degree models.

So is Lenovo onto a standalone VR victor?

Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The display is a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 WQHD display. It's still well contained, though. However, as there's no over-the-head padding it can slip down and add pressure to the nose, so longer sessions might be less comfortable - just as we'd say of the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset.

The Mirage Solo packs everything into one powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use device. Oculus is working on a positionally-tracked headset, currently code-named Santa Cruz, which also will have tracked controllers that will help deliver experiences more comparable to what's possible on high-end headsets now. All you need is a VR180 camera to shoot and a viewer (like Daydream or Cardboard) to quickly check it out. You just mount this thing on your head, with "size accommodations for almost every face shape, visual aid and head proportion", and get transported into a whole new world of gaming and other hypnotic experiences.

Setup is super simple, with the integrated front cameras measuring surroundings to associate a 1.5m square play space around you. The headset has everything you need, and WorldSense understands the world around you.

In terms of quality, the 1440p per eye resolution offers decent clarity, while the top-end Qualcomm processor behind the scenes offers a similar to flagship phone experience. This means it will be able to run all of the games and apps on the Daydream store, which until now has only been running on Android smartphones. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations. Is VR180 something you could get behind?

There's a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, as well as an HDMI output, both under a door on the side. A tripod thread is built into the bottom, so it is obvious that Lenovo wants you to take this with you wherever you go.

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