Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset will officially be launching tomorrow, and here's what you'll get should you decide to make the leap and dive into all that the virtual reality headset has to offer. First, it's important to understand what the Mirage Solo is and what makes it stand out from other headset options on the market. It's also important to remember that none of this is actually new information as it's been known for some time what the headset would cost and when it would be released. Lenovo's Mirage Solo for the uninitiated is the very first standalone Daydream VR headset that Google and it's partner, Lenovo, are offering. It's also the first standalone Daydream headset on the market.
Immediately this gives the Mirage Solo an edge over the Daydream View or any other headsets from third-party companies that support the Daydream Platform as you won't need to use a smartphone with the headset to power the platform's experiences. This is important for a few reasons. One, it frees up your phone to left alone so if you have any incoming calls, texts, or other notifications that you might want to respond to you won't miss them by being in the Daydream VR mode. Two, it'll keep the device from getting too warm or hot to the touch as you won't be using up its resources to power the VR games and apps. While phones like the Pixel and later devices have the hardware to support Daydream VR content, as they were designed to, the content is still fairly resource-heavy and relies on it a lot, which in turn makes the device pretty warm as it works to keep things going. Three, you can say hello to your battery life again while still being able to enjoy everything that Daydream VR content has to offer.
Aside from the fact that the Mirage Solo is standalone, another thing you'll be getting when or if you pick this over other options is a really well-crafted headset. That isn't to say that the second generation Daydream View isn't well-crafted, but the Mirage Solo is definitely a bit more high-quality. It has the same use of cushioned padding around the eyes, but one thing it has over the Daydream View is the more solid back strap and over-the-head strap. The Daydream View has these too, but the Daydream View uses the top strap as an optional attachment. It does come with the headset so you don't have to buy it, but it's literally just a strap. The back and over-the-head straps on the Mirage Solo also have additional padding so really any contact points between the headset and your head are cushioned, which is likely going to result in a more comfortable experience during wear. Moving onto the content, Daydream has quite a bit to offer.
In fact, as it stands right now there are over 350 apps and games available for the Daydream platform that you can grab from the Play Store and install right now, with more being added all the time and some being capable of taking advantage of the WorldSense technology. This is otherwise known as the 6DoF or six degrees of freedom head tracking technology, and this is another thing that the Mirage Solo will offer that the Daydream View will not. So you're getting a little bit more functionality out of it than you would other options, at least until more standalone Daydream headsets reach the market. All of that said, along with these extras and beneficial features, the Mirage Solo will also come with a higher price tag, but that's the price you pay for more features, one of those which allows you to use the headset "virtually " anywhere without the need to be tied to your smartphone. You can pick up the Mirage Solo through Amazon at $399, as a pre-order today, or as an official purchase from tomorrow onward. You'll also likely be able to buy it through the Google Store, but at the moment there is no listing for it on the website.