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Latest MotoMod is a VR headset, courtesy of a leak

The MotoMod Virtual Viewer. (Source: Evan Blass)
The MotoMod Virtual Viewer. (Source: Evan Blass)
Motorola looks set to release a new VR-based headset as a MotoMod for its Z series smartphones. The new headset also looks like it might have the backing of Oculus, if its headstrap is any indication.
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Motorola may have sadly scrapped its plans to launch the Moto X5, but it looks like it could be on the cusp of releasing a new VR-based headset. The leak of the new Virtual Viewer headset comes courtesy of the reliable leakster Evan Blass, often the first to get his hands on breaking news. The company has been working hard on its Moto Mod line up to help differentiate itself from the competition by giving its compatible Z series handsets additional functionality through integrated add-ons.

What is not especially clear from the image is whether the new Virtual Viewer headset will support Google DayDream VR. However, the headset band has a loop that looks suspiciously like the Oculus logo, so it is possible that Motorola may have cooked up a deal with Oculus for some original content or access to apps like those available to Samsung Galaxy Gear VR users. The cut-out at the front is also indicative of support for some type of AR functionality courtesy of the rear camera of a compatible smartphone.

Unfortunately, Evan Blass doesn’t have any specific details available about the Virtual Viewer other than its press renders. It looks like it could be a shipping product, and one that we might expect to see on the market soon; however, with the reported axing of the Moto X5 and suggestions that Motorola might be looking to streamline its mods line up, we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping this does see the light of day.

The loop on the headband looks like an Oculus logo. (Source: Evan Blass)
The loop on the headband looks like an Oculus logo. (Source: Evan Blass)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-10 (Update: 2018-03-11)