Lenovo Mirage Solo is the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

On front of the headset, there are two cameras, which undoubtedly will be used to merge Google's AR and VR aspirations - possibly even something akin to Lenovo's Star Wars Jedi Challenges experience? This standalone unit has 64GB of storage onboard, which can be expanded further using the included microSD slot (up to 256GB).

To go with the Mirage Solo, Lenovo also announced a new virtual reality camera, the Mirage Camera.

So the two cameras they announced today are the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream and the Yi Horizon VR180 Camera.

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is vast for mobile VR. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.

The headset comes with its own wireless Daydream controller, acting as a "unique and intuitive extension of your hand", and the combo should cost no more than $400 when it finally goes on sale. Overall, it's a pretty stark - and not necessarily positive - change from Google's fabric-covered Daydream View, but it also seems created to offer greater stability. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository.

Lenovo is making a big deal about the Mirage VR camera's point-and-shoot simplicity. You'll also enjoy adjustable dials and size accommodations for any face shape and visual aids like glasses. Until we get a real VR app or game that grabs the attention of mainstream consumers, VR won't move the needle much for Lenovo or Google. And from there you can view it in the Daydream View, or if you have the Mirage Solo, you can pop out the micro SD card (a good reason to use a micro SD card versus the internal storage) and put it into the Mirage Solo and view your content. And, as with the Vive, do not forget to look out for bargains on VR-ready PCs too, if you don't have one yet. A camera that's built to capture stunning photos and VR video that you can instantly share to YouTube VR and other platforms.

Showcased in Las Vegas for the ongoing CES 2018 ahead of a commercial launch sometime "in the second quarter this year", the affordable "self-sufficient" VR device "combines the simplicity of an all-in-one headset" with the "immersive experience of motion-tracking technology". Stay tuned for more details.

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