Google's also announced that the Daydream VR platform will be arriving on more handsets; it'll be coming to LG's next flagship phone, as well as the already-released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus via a software update this summer.
Unlike the existing Daydream holster, which is just a felt-covered, head-mounted container for smartphones, the standalone Daydream headsets have "everything built right in: no cables, no phone, certainly no big PC", as Google VP for VR Clay Bavor said on stage. This enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks the user's movements in space without the need for external sensors.
However, those users who don't want to insert a device in a Daydream VR headset, or connect a headset to a PC to experience VR, will be able to buy standalone VR headsets. This feature is made possible via the technology called "Worldsense", which allows the user to actually feel being part of the virtual world as the view appears like the real world in excellent accuracy.
As revealed today at the Google I/O conference, Google has announced a new Vive headset that uses Daydream, Google's VR platform that launched previous year.
The new headsets will differ from current offerings, including Google's own Daydream platform or even Cardboard, in that no smartphone, computer or gaming console will be needed to use the headset.
A time frame for when the new devices will be available was not given, but a prototype was demonstrated at the conference and was described by The Verge as being "clunky, but producing a better experience than the Gear VR or Daydream".
During a keynote focused on VR and AR at day 2 of I/O 2017, Google announced Daydream 2.0, a major update slated for later this year.
Google's I/O conference has been full of all sorts of exciting announcement.
Bavor did not elaborate on the new headset's technical specifications, but said that because it would be an all-in-one device.
Google didn't provide many details of what the actual finished product will look like, other than showing a very minimalist sketch.
"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors".