As major players from throughout the technology industry race to outdo each other in consumer virtual reality, it’s become clear that the holy grail is a headset with built-in positional tracking as well as onboard computing power. Such systems would be a big upgrade from the current state-of-the-art that requires cumbersome wires and external sensors. Facebook-owned Oculus is developing such a system, which was showed last fall, but it’s unknown how soon that will be ready. Google is also rumored to have a similar system in the works.
But it may actually be another company altogether that’s first to market. According to UploadVR, Intel says its stand-alone, inside-out VR platform, known as Project Alloy, will be coming to market this holiday season, albeit from an as-yet-unknown, third-party manufacturer. But, UploadVR cautioned, even if such a headset were to hit store shelves this year, we shouldn’t expect much in the way of content for it, nor should we expect compatibility with Steam, a leading VR content platform.