Google to release new headset

Just some of the Google Cardboard-compatible headsets on the market today.

Just some of the Google Cardboard-compatible headsets on the market today.

In addition to working on updates of its popular Google Cardboard headset and development platform, the company is also working on a new, standalone headset that requires neither a smartphone nor a computer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Google has already seen significant success with 5 million of its phone-based Cardboard headset on the market. This viewer, which is basically a simple box with a couple of lenses in it, is a good fit for watching virtual reality videos and playing simple virtual reality games.

High-end headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR require that they be plugged into a high-end desktop computer — or a video game console.

Google’s new devices promises to be something between the two.

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.