If there’s one thing that’s been consistently annoying about the current virtual reality renaissance it’s that almost all of the available devices require you to stay tethered to another device, like a PC or PlayStation 4 with a wire.
But virtual reality may be about to break free from those chains. Yesterday at Google I/O 2017 conference, Google and HTC announced the upcoming release of a new standalone Vive headset powered by Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform.
There’s no clear word on if it’ll be able to handle the Vive’s more graphically intensive games and other applications—although the official site claims it’ll deliver an “unparalleled experience”—but it at least sounds like the realization of a dream that’s been long in the works. The unnamed device requires neither a PC nor a smartphone to run. It supports Google’s WorldSense, a 3D mapping technology that works without any external sensors. And since you won’t have to stuff your phone into the visor, there’s more room available for a larger battery. This is liberating stuff.