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Why Google and Facebook Want to Make a New Kind of VR Headset

While virtual reality is still nascent, two giants are already hard at work on the next iteration of the devices.

So far, the landscape of virtual reality has been split between two types of headsets: expensive, high-end devices like the Oculus Rift that require PCs and external cameras, and cheap devices like Google’s Cardboard and Daydream that use smartphones as displays, sacrificing quality to make a mass-market product. This week, Facebook and Google made it clear that they’re both rushing toward a middle ground.

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