The Pixel Four does not assist the platform, and the View headset is now not on sale.
What it’s essential know
- Daydream VR is (or was) Google’s platform for pushing digital actuality content material utilizing simply smartphones.
- The corporate’s Pixel Four sequence doesn’t assist the platform.
- Google’s first-party Daydream View headset has additionally been discontinued.
Google has all however deserted Daydream VR, it appears. After dropping assist for the platform on the Pixel 3a earlier within the yr, the corporate has now confirmed its latest flagships, the Pixel Four and Four XL, will not function Daydream compatibility both. That is in stark distinction to the final Pixel flagship, which was “Built for VR to work with Google Daydream View headset.”
As regards to the Daydream View headset, it is also attention-grabbing to notice that the corporate has stopped promoting the gadget in its retailer. Navigate to the headset’s retailer itemizing, and also you’re met with a big ‘Now not out there’ banner that signifies the ultimate nail within the nascent VR platform’s coffin.
In an announcement (by way of VentureBeat), the corporate pointed to the “clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution” as a part of the reasoning behind the transfer. The corporate does have a silver lining for present customers of the platform:
There additionally hasn’t been the broad client or developer adoption we had hoped, and we have seen lowering utilization over time of the Daydream View headset. So whereas we’re now not promoting Daydream View or supporting Daydream on Pixel 4, the Daydream app and retailer will stay out there for current customers.
So, what’s subsequent for Google? Apparently, AR’s all the trend at Palo Alto today, with the corporate throwing its full weight behind its ARCore platform. You can even depend the variety of occasions it mentions AR within the conclusion of its assertion to get an thought of the place the corporate believes the way forward for digital experiences is headed:
We’re investing closely in useful AR experiences like Google Lens, AR strolling navigation in Maps, and AR in Search that use the smartphone digital camera to bridge the digital and bodily worlds, serving to folks do extra with what they see and study concerning the world round them.
The change has, in equity, been lengthy within the making. Third-party distributors, like Hulu, have been dropping assist for the platform in current months and Google itself had pulled its Motion pictures & TV app from Daydream. Alas, we might be daydreaming no extra — a minimum of, not in a high-tech digital actuality.
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Google’s newest flagship goals to impress.
The Pixel Four was designed to be Google’s finest and most spectacular Pixel but. It has an all-new 90Hz show, Movement Sense hand gestures, highly effective face unlock, and twin rear cameras. There’s additionally a revamped design and upgraded internals, all of which come collectively to create an attractive general bundle.