Google's interest in virtual reality (VR) is pretty well-known, what with the launch of the Google Cardboard headset and the Daydream platform.
Google, at its annual developer conference, announced that its Daydream VR platform will soon support standalone devices by HTC VIVE and Lenovo that don't require a smartphone or PC to operate. The hardware features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense.
The device will work with Google's own Daydream VR platform where users can find and run VR content and apps to play through headsets.
How effective WorldSense will be in building up engagment with VR and AR technology will have to be seen with what type of headsets HTC and Lenovo yield.
Game devs should note the upcoming hardware will utilize a new headset tracking technology called Worldsense, which enables positional tracking without installing external sensors. The new announcements align with Google's mission to bring computing to everyone, Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual and augmented reality, explained.
It was bound to happen, and it has now with the Google I/O conference.
Bavor said that Google is working with the computer chip company Qualcomm to create a design that other manufacturers can use to build their own versions.
The current incarnation of the Daydream headsets are little more than head-mounted containers for smartphones, but Google's latest offering seeks to free users from their smartphones.
Everything will be built into those products, meaning they won't have to be tethered to a high-octane PC or gaming console, or have to work in tandem with a compatible smartphone.
The first three major systems all launched for the first time a year ago - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
Facebook and Samsung have not shared how many apps are in the Gear VR store, but a quick count shows the number is around 1,000.