Engadget report indicates Google is working on some kind of VR/AR headset

Engadget report indicates Google is working on some kind of VR/AR headset

Close on the heels of a Recode report that tech giant Google has shuttered a VR project that would have offered direct competition to high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift, an Engadget report has revealed that a team at Google labs is still working on some kind of a virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) headset.

According to the Engadget report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources, the headset presently being developed by the Google team will not need a computer or smartphone to power it.

The sources have also told Engadget that the headset currently in development at Google will come with a screen, and will offer features which are more in line with AR systems instead of the existing, gaming-focused VR headsets.

The sources also said that though the launch date of the Google headset is nowhere on the cards as of now, the device still is a significant part of the company's future plans.

The currently-in-development standalone VR at Google as reported by Engadget is apparently the headset which was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in February. The WSJ report had said that Google's VR headset would use "outward-facing cameras" as well as a Movidius chip to "track the motion of a user's head."

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