Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

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Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them. However, HTC chose to scrap its headset a year ago, with sources telling Variety that the decision came after the Oculus Go was announced. Although Lenovo is also looking to get this one a bit lower in price before launch.

All we know is that it will be "affordable", apparently. The headset, called the Lenovo Mirage Solo, will be available in the second quarter of 2018 and cost less than $400 when it hits the market. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction. Unlike those headsets, it also lets users walk around virtual space using inside-out "WorldSense" tracking.

The device also features Google WorldSense, which is a new positional tracking technology that claims to provide PC quality tracking without extra sensors.

Mobile virtual reality isn't just about smartphones anymore. The headset itself houses A Qualcomm 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard memory, a seven-hour battery, and a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen. The 256x1440 display offers a 110-degree filed of view, and the whole headset weighs in at 1.42 pounds.

"Since most headsets bear an excess of weight towards the front, we engineered the headset for a more even load distribution and balance to reduce strain on the wearer", Lenovo said. Breathable, insulated, and contoured padding around the areas that touch your face is designed for comfort.

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Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

The Mirage Solo will enter an increasingly crowded field of tech companies seeking to enhance the VR experience and bring it to the enterprise this year.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo also comes with a wireless Daydream controller, which acts as a unique and intuitive extension of your hand. Relying heavily on Google's YouTube, the VR180 format is focused on reducing the barrier of entry to creating VR content and sharing it with the world.

Lenovo's headset will have meaningful competition in Facebook's Oculus Go.

"Athens by exploring the ancient Greek citadel in person or search for clues to unravel a mystery surrounding fugitive Replicants in the congested streets of Blade Runner". Instead the user simply switches it on, points it at their target and presses the record button to shoot their VR video. Users will search for evidence with the help of their flying spinner, deadly blaster, and esper image reconstruction to try to solve the mystery in an immersive VR environment. So basically, the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR gets rid of nearly every pain-point when it comes to virtual reality.

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