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Google May Have Scrapped VR Headset Plans, But Has Something Else up its Sleeve

Google has recently revealed that it has scrapped plans for its own standalone VR headset which would have directly competed against the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, but according to a new report, the company has another type of high-end headset in the works.

According to a report from Engadget this weekend, Google is apparently working on a different type of high-end headset, this time one that blends augmented reality and virtual reality into one.

Engadget’s sources revealed that the company is going ahead with a new dedicated headset that won’t require the use of a mobile phone – like Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR – or a computer to function – like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Instead, the headset will be completely self contained, will contain screens, and will focus more towards augmented reality, almost exactly like Microsoft’s HoloLens.

At Google’s I/O earlier this year, the company unveiled its plans for virtual reality with Project Daydream. Daydream is an Android-powered VR platform built on the success of Google’s own cut-price VR headset, Google Cardboard. However, according to Engadget, Google is planning to move beyond mobile-powered virtual reality to include something more substantial.

For a while now augmented reality has been seen as sort of a marketing gimmick with no real use outside of the occasional promotional piece or one-off gadget experience. However, with the success of Pokémon Go over the past two weeks, it’s looking like augmented reality could be back with a vengeance.

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