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HTC won't release a Daydream VR headset after all

HTC won't release a Daydream VR headset after all

HTC is behind the HTC Vive and the standalone Focus. But it looks like it’s woken up from its Google daydreams.

Josh Miller/CNET

If you’ve been dreaming of HTC’s standalone Google VR headset, it’s time to wake up. The phone manufacturer was working with Google on a “new breed” of VR headset, it was reported in May[1].

The wireless HTC headset was expected to support Google’s Daydream VR platform and work without a phone or a separate computer. Following a report by TechCrunch[2], Google’s VP of AR and VR Clay Bavor confirmed on Twitter that HTC wouldn’t be producing a Daydream-branded headset, but the two companies would continue to work together:

Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners. https://t.co/t3RvgJIMUp[3]

— Clay Bavor (@claybavor) November 14, 2017[4]

HTC has today showed off the Vive Focus[5], a wireless headset powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon. It claims to offer “six-degrees-of-freedom tracking,” meaning you won’t need a roomful of cameras to move around a virtual world.

Lenovo was also working with Google on a Daydream headset, which Google told Fast Company[6] is still going ahead.

CNET reached out to HTC and Google, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  1. ^ reported in May (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ a report by TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)
  3. ^ https://t.co/t3RvgJIMUp (t.co)
  4. ^ November 14, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ Vive Focus (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Google told Fast Company (www.fastcompany.com)
  7. ^ Tags (www.cnet.com)
  8. ^ Mobile Accessories (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ Virtual Reality Apps (www.cnet.com)

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