At Google I/O 2017, we heard about Daydream 2.0 and standalone Daydream VR headset concepts. Both Lenovo and HTC were confirmed as Google’s manufacturing partners, though one seems to have dropped the project all-together.
A standalone HTC Daydream VR headset is supposed to launch by the end of this year, though Clay Bavor, Google’s VR boss, revealed that the headset is no longer on the cards in the US.
Despite HTC’s withdrawal from the project, that’s supposed to change how we interact with virtual reality, Lenovo is still in the game. Clay Bavor confirmed the news on Twitter following the update regarding HTC, and said that he’s been using a pre-release unit and will have more to share “soon.”
We can’t be too sure as to why HTC has left the project in the US, though it probably has to do with the company’s clashing efforts towards Vive. Vive is HTC’s own VR platform, and a new headset dubbed ‘HTC Vive Focus’ is coming to markets soon.
We could still be a ways out from a commercial release, but it’s good to at least hear something despite the sad news regarding HTC. We’re bound to find out if Lenovo has been up to the challenge, soon enough.