Lenovo has unveiled the world’s first standalone Daydream VR headset here at its annual CES event. The Lenovo Mirage Solo combines an all-in-one VR headset – without the need of a smartphone or tethered to a PC – with the inside-out tracking technology on Google Daydream.
As a standalone VR headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo packs some pretty powerful hardware. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM, while the lenses provide 110 degrees field of view. The screen inside is a 5.5-inch 1280 x 2440 LCD panel, with 64GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot. Leveraging on Google Daydream, the Mirage Solo headset also features WorldSense, the motion-tracking technology that allows for incredibly immersive VR experiences without being tethered to a PC.
WorldSense relies on a set of front-facing cameras as well as a combination of motion-tracking sensors, allowing accurate tracking of six degrees of movement. This unlocks a much more immersive VR experience, and allows VR games that are interactive to the user’s physical movements that can now include forwards and backwards as well as crouching and jumping.
With a battery life rated for 2.5 hours of use, the Lenovo Mirage Solo also is designed to be comfortable, even after long periods of use. Adjustable visors and dials accommodates virtually every face shape, head size, and also accommodates various visual aids (such as glasses). The headset has also been engineered for better load distribution to reduce strain on the wearer. Breathable, insulated, and contoured padding around the areas that touch your face is designed for comfort.
The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset will be available globally sometime in Q2 2018, and at a retail price of $449 (about RM1800), the headset will not come cheap. In addition to the headset, Lenovo is also bundling a wireless Daydream controller, as well as a bonus free VR experience set in the Blade Runner world.