Google VR has been limited to just Cardboard, a cheap alternative to an expensive VR headset that utilizes your own cellphone and a bunch of cardboard pieces that Google can mail you. Rumor has it, though, that Google is looking to get into the VR field in a larger way: a standalone VR headset.
Citing unnamed sources that have been related to the project, The Wall Street Journal reports the headset won’t need a smartphone, computer, or game console to operate. The sources state that the headset will have a screen, high-powered processors, and outward-facing cameras.
A more advanced version of Google Cardboard is also planned to be in the works as well. Google’s virtual reality chief Clay Bavor gave a statement about Google’s plans on VR.
“Since the beginning we’ve been about making VR available for everyone. We’ll have some more to share later in the year.”
Google’s annual developer conference is on May 18th-20th, where two of the sources state is the most likely time that Google will unveil its updated Cardboard. However, the sources from the Journal also state that their stand-alone VR is in early development, so it most likely that it won’t be revealed until at least later this year.