What you need to know
- Daydream VR is (or was) Google's platform for pushing virtual reality content using just smartphones.
- The company's Pixel 4 series does not support the platform.
- Google's first-party Daydream View headset has also been discontinued.
Google has all but abandoned Daydream VR, it seems. After dropping support for the platform on the Pixel 3a earlier in the year, the company has now confirmed its newest flagships, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, won't feature Daydream compatibility either. This is in stark contrast to the last Pixel flagship, which was "Built for VR to work with Google Daydream View headset."
On the subject of the Daydream View headset, it's also interesting to note that the company has stopped selling the device in its store. Navigate to the headset's store listing, and you're met with a large 'No longer available' banner that signifies the final nail in the nascent VR platform's coffin.
In a statement (via VentureBeat), the company pointed to the "clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution" as part of the reasoning behind the move. The company does have a silver lining for current users of the platform:
So, what's next for Google? Apparently, AR's all the rage at Palo Alto these days, with the company throwing its full weight behind its ARCore platform. You can also count the number of times it mentions AR in the conclusion of its statement to get an idea of where the company believes the future of digital experiences is headed:
The change has, in fairness, been long in the making. Third-party vendors, like Hulu, have been dropping support for the platform in recent months and Google itself had pulled its Movies & TV app from Daydream. Alas, we will be daydreaming no more — at least, not in a high-tech virtual reality.
Google's latest flagship aims to impress.
The Pixel 4 was designed to be Google's best and most impressive Pixel yet. It has an all-new 90Hz display, Motion Sense hand gestures, powerful face unlock, and dual rear cameras. There's also a revamped design and upgraded internals, all of which come together to create an enticing overall package.
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