Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

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The Daydream virtual reality (VR) system just got a major upgrade: At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Google and Lenovo announced the Mirage Solo, a VR headset that does not need any cables, phone, or PC to operate. A product that gets rid of two big pain-points for VR users. Unlike Google's model, most of the pressure is on your forehead when you wear the Mirage Solo, and it remains comfortable enough even when using it for a longer duration. There's now plenty of decent content and apps on Google's Daydream platform, and if you're looking for a relatively affordable and simple way into VR, this could be it. The Mirage Camera is powered by a Snapdragon 626 processor and helps capture your world in virtual reality, and can wirelessly upload your VR content to share with others via Google Photos and YouTube (it supports the new VR180 video format). A 5.5-inch display is housed within the headset giving each eye a 1280x1440 "window" into a virtual world. Read on for more details about the exciting new WorldSense technology and the full spec sheet.

While Blade Runner: Revelations will be available for other Daydream headsets, it is of course "best experienced with the Lenovo Mirage Solo".

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is huge for mobile VR. Walking around, moving your head, leaning into corners while riding a motorcycle, or ducking and dodging in games or wandering through VR spaces. Giving you a small area to work and play in, and that's all.

The headset comes with its own wireless Daydream controller, acting as a "unique and intuitive extension of your hand", and the combo should cost no more than $400 when it finally goes on sale.

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There's no word on pricing or specific availability for either Lenovo or Yi's VR180 cameras. Overall, it's a pretty stark - and not necessarily positive - change from Google's fabric-covered Daydream View, but it also seems created to offer greater stability. A microSD card slot will allow for expansion by up to a further 256GB. A 2,200 mAh battery promises two hours of general usage with charging over USB-C.

As for wearing the device, Lenovo thought of comfort and the overall fit first, then everything else. You'll also enjoy adjustable dials and size accommodations for any face shape and visual aids like glasses. That way you'll look good and feel good while enjoying VR for 5-7 hours at a time if you'd like.

The headset has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which should prove pretty sharp, and a 110-degree field of view, which is a bit wider than the Samsung Gear VR but not quite as much as the HTC Vive.