Google is putting an end to its Daydream VR platform

Polycount

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Unfortunately, it seems the idea is no longer profitable enough for one headset maker. According to reports, Google has decided to shut down its Daydream VR platform. As a result, its Daydream View headsets are no longer available for purchase, and new Pixel devices will not ship with support for the technology.

The writing has been on the wall for Daydream for a few months now -- Hulu dropped support for the VR platform last month, and Google itself began removing functionality from Daydream in June.

Google's decision is not arbitrary. The company says low adoption rates among consumers and developers, as well as decreased usage from those who did buy into the platform, are the primary reasons for Daydream's end.

In the end, it seems smartphone VR -- or at least, Google's implementation of it -- was simply too clunky for the average consumer to use over a long-term period. While operating a device like the Daydream View, you are effectively blocked from using your smartphone for anything else. To comfortably browse the web or make a call, you'd have to take the headset off, unseat your phone, and then reverse the process when you're ready to dive back in. That's far from ideal.

Those who already have a Daydream View device (as well as a supported smartphone) can continue to use the gadget for as long as they'd like. The Daydream app and storefront will also continue to operate as normal; at least for now. You just won't be able to buy a replacement headset if something goes wrong with your current one.

If you're absolutely desperate to get your hands on the now-obsolete tech, there are a few Daydream View units for sale on Amazon through third-party sellers. Even if the platform has lost Google's support, Daydream VR can still be a fun novelty. So, it might be worth keeping those store listings in mind if prices for remaining stock creep down into the $20-$35 range.

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Puiu

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VR is still a thing?! I completely forgot about it.
It's actually bigger than ever now with a surge of new wireless headsets and high end models. Once I finish with my new home expences and get a bit more $$$ I'll prolly buy the Oculus Quest.

The reason why ppl don't want daydream anymore is because support for it was not good from the start and you can just buy a cheap Oculus GO and get a much better experience.
 
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