Today HTC announced a cool new completely standalone VR headset for China, and then promptly dashed hopes in the West by confirming the cancellation of the standalone headset intended for Western audiences. If you're in the West and want the next wave of VR headsets, then it seems you're going to need to look elsewhere.
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In truth, 2016 was not "The Year of VR." It was the year of the start of VR. Multiple major tech companies released impressive VR systems that were clearly the first of their kind; flawed and fascinating, destined to be improved upon and replaced. The age of immersive technology is upon us, but its future remains uncertain.
We think Google's soft, friendly Daydream View virtual reality headset is -- just quietly -- one of the biggest leaps forward that VR has had this year. It's relatively affordable, easy to set up and use, and includes a motion-sensitive controller, so all you need is a new phone to use it with. As of today, the headset now ships to Australia in two new colours and there's a bunch of new VR-ready apps.
Google's October 5 gadget extravaganza is quickly approaching, and if the rumours are true, there's plenty to be excited about. The company is supposedly getting ready for an entire hardware overhaul, and that means we expect to see not just new phones but possibly also laptops and streaming devices. Have there been rumours? Many! Here's what we think we know about what Google's got in store.