EDMAs 2021

Google Developing Standalone VR Headset

Alex Spencer

Google Cardboard

Google preparing to move beyond Cardboard

Google is reportedly set to unveil a new VR headset at its IO event next week.

The headset will be named Android VR, according to tech entrepreneur Peter Rojas, who tweeted that the device willbe 'less powerful' than the HTC Vive or Oculus, but offer a 'better experience' than the Samsung Gear VR.

That places it considerably above Cardboard, Google's current VR offering, but Android VR will also be powered by a connected smartphone. Rojas describes it as a 'standalone' headset, suggesting that, unlike the Gear, it won't rely on the handset's display for a screen.

Google IO begins on Wednesday 18 May, so watch the site for more updates next week.