20 January 2020
Google has officially confirmed that it is bringing the curtain down on its Daydream VR project. It made the confirmation while also revealing that the latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are not compatible with the Daydream View VR headset either. The project was announced alongside the original Pixel in 2016 but due to below-par adaptability, it has been put to an end.
Daydream project was aimed at encouraging users to experience virtual reality directly from their smartphones. It was released at the same time Samsung was pushing for its Gear VR platform. And as you might know already, Samsung has also bid farewell to its project as well. It seems like while VR on mobile does sound like an exciting idea, it is hard to keep users engaged after an initial excitement level.
In a statement given to Variety, Google said:
"We saw a lot of potential in smartphone VR—being able to use the smartphone you carry with you everywhere to power an immersive on-the-go experience. But over time we noticed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution. Most notably, asking people to put their phone in a headset and lose access to the apps they use throughout the day causes immense friction.”
When Google launch budget-focused Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL without Daydream support, it was speculated that it was due to issues related to the performance. It led many to believe that Google was keeping the mobile VR feature only for premium releases but with the Pixel 4 release, it is confirmed Google does not see any point in pushing the platform further.
Google has also confirmed that it will not be selling the Daydream View VR headset anymore. It makes sense considering that it is not interested in moving ahead with the project itself. The good thing is that it will continue supporting Daydream in its existing form so that existing users keep using it on their older devices.
- The Google Pixel 4 is available at Amazon for $ 549.
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