There were clues that Google has a virtual reality desire that extends beyond cardboard. A few weeks ago the company made a new virtual reality division. Now Financial Times claims that Google is planning to release a new VR headset later this year.
The successor to the Cardboard VR viewer that Google launched in 2014, the new smartphone-based headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than its predecessor and most of its processing power would come from the smartphone. It will also have improved sensors and lenses housed in a solid plastic casing.
Google refused to comment on this, however, the web giant’s CEO Sundar Pichai indicated the company’s ongoing interest in VR during some earnings call last week.
“It’s still incredible early innings for virtual reality as a platform and Cardboard is just a first step, but we are excited by the progress we have seen,”
“Our partners have shipped over 5 million Google Cardboard viewers and we recently teamed up with the New York Times on a virtual reality experience in which over 1 million Times subscribers received Cardboard.”
The price of the headset is not known but it will be more expensive than the Google Cardboard. And it’s expected to give a hardcore competition to Samsung’s Gear VR.