Alongside all of Google’s new hardware and software announcements, there was another growth that a lot of people might have to be missed: Google’s Daydream VR headset appears to be in away.
The end of Daydream VR has been a long time coming. After Google launched its smartphone-based VR headset, the platform didn’t get a lot in the way of support in the last three years since its release. Then, when specs for the Pixel 4 failed to say compatibility for the Daydream VR, VentureBeat got confirmation from Google that the device is being discontinued (though the app and store will continue to work for now).
But more importantly, when you combine Daydream’s finish-of-life standing with the lack of support for Samsung’s Gear VR headset on the Galaxy Note 10, we primarily want on the dying of smartphone-primarily based VR headsets as an entire.
Whereas this may sound like a foul factor for the way forward for VR—which nonetheless struggles to garner mainstream appeal—it’s genuinely a positive signal of issues to come back. I imply, let’s be trustworthy, pretty much each smartphone-based mostly VR headset no matter who made them is kind of garbage.
Google helped push the concept of smartphone VR means again in 2014 with Google Cardboard. However, even after enlisting the assistance of several leading information organizations that gave away Google Cardboard kits for free with the purchase of journal, most of those kits ended up within the trash, after maybe five or 10 minutes of precise use.
Later, Samsung adopted Cardboard with the Gear VR, which provided a lot of greater-high quality, extra snug, and immersive expertise. However, as soon as once more, even though Samsung bundled free Gear VR headsets with the acquisition of Galaxy telephones over several generations, it never felt like both of those smartphone-based, mostly VR systems had actual staying power.