Google, Lenovo Unveil Standalone Daydream VR Headset 'Mirage Solo'

The VR camera is priced at $300 and goes on sale in Q2LG

The VR camera is priced at $300 and goes on sale in Q2LG

The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions.

Inside-out tracking, popularized by Microsoft's HoloLens and then its Windows Mixed Reality, solves those limitations.

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas today, Lenovo unveiled the world's first standalone Daydream VR headset: Lenovo Mirage Solo.

Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them. Lenovo calls it "WorldSense".

Unlike the Vive Pro, the Mirage Solo does not include built-in headphones, but does provide a jack for a user to provide their own, as noted by our sister site ZDNet.

Shoot share and view VR with the Mirage product lineLenovo
Shoot share and view VR with the Mirage product lineLenovo

Loaded with the Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and Daydream OS, the Mirage Solo is ready to get down with the latest and greatest VR apps and games - even those that aren't out just yet.

The Mirage Solo is definitely bigger than a regular VR headset, but is still relatively compact when you consider all that it's packing inside. Lenovo, for instance, will be offering two screen sizes (8 and 10 inches) at launch. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository. The Mirage Solo uses the same Daydream controller as the official model to control the virtual world around you.

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it. Instead the user simply switches it on, points it at their target and presses the record button to shoot their VR video. Lenovo promises that a suite of apps will be coming soon to expand the platform, though that will happen closer to the device's release in the second quarter. The Mirage Camera is integrated with Google Photos and YouTube for the private storage or public sharing of footage or 3D photos captured with the camera. Unlike most VR cameras, which film a full 360-degree view, the Mirage only captures a 180-degree view. As the name implies, it's simply a camera created to capture and record content that can be best viewed by a Dayream headset, like the Lenovo Mirage Solo, of course.

While Blade Runner: Revelations will be available for other Daydream headsets, it is of course "best experienced with the Lenovo Mirage Solo". The Mirage Solo's visor portion was more than roomy enough to fit my glasses, a frequent issue I run into with other VR headsets, and the cushioning was fantastic.

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