Google is trying to close the technology gap between its mobile virtual reality platform Daydream and the capabilities of more powerful, PC-based headsets. To do that, it’s launching software support for new, experimental motion controllers it’s developed in-house that are capable of what’s known as six degrees of freedom, or 6DoF. That lets you move more realistically through the physical world while immersed in a virtual environment because the controllers help track where you are and how you move based on the position of your hands.
The experimental controllers in question are for the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, the first of its Daydream-based standalone VR headsets that was launched earlier this year. The Mirage Solo does so-called inside-out tracking, meaning the headset has sensors and cameras that track your external environment as you move through it. When combined with 6DoF motion controllers, Google says you’ll get a cordless VR experience that’s approaching the more immersive and higher-quality PC-based VR you get with products like the Oculus Rift, which requires, at minimum, a moderately capable Windows machine and external cameras to track your movements.