Most virtual reality headsets need to be tethered to PCs or smartphones; few are self-contained. A new VR chipset from Allwinner could change that, and also drive down headset prices.

Allwinner’s H8VR chipset could free VR headsets from being attached to smartphones or PCs. The H8VR can fit in plastic or cardboard VR headset, and it has a CPU, 4K video processing capabilities, memory and storage.

The H8VR is targeted at low-cost VR headsets. Allwinner’s chips are already being used in low-cost smartphones and tablets, and the company played a big role in driving down mobile-device prices. The H8VR could do the same for VR headsets.

One VR headset with the chip, the V3 All In One, is selling for $109.99 on Geekbuying’s website and is available for $129.99 on Aliexpress.

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Stand-alone VR headset prices could drop with new Allwinner chip