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Most portable VR headsets at the moment require a smartphone to provide the screen and processing power, but there are a few standalone units out there. Asus is reportedly working on one – the Asus AIO VR, to be launched in 2017.
AIO stands for All In One and usually refers to self-contained desktop computers, but in this case indicates that the headset has everything it needs all in a neat package. This makes it different from last year's VR headset from Asus. From the image, it seems that the AIO VR will have a cloth exterior similar to Googles Daydream.
That is not to say this device will be Daydream-compatible. In fact, the rumor is mum on details – there isnt even a word on the chipset. Asus does have experience in the field, thanks to the Zenfone AR, which is powered by a Snapdragon 821 and does both VR and AR.
Multiple companies have (or had) standalone VR headsets in the works – from Google (canceled), through Oculus and Samsung to Alcatel. Is there room for such headsets on the market or will they go the way of the hand-held game console? It seems that price makes all the difference between success and failure.
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- Google's standalone VR headset project has been shut down
- Oculus is working on a standalone mid-range VR headset, new minimum PC specs published for the Rift
- Samsung's standalone VR headset might carry 'Odyssey' moniker
- Analysts: Samsung Gear VR conquers VR market in 2016