Google Quits VR Scene, Pixel 4 Ends Support for DayDream VR

The VR market is in its early stages but Oculus and HTC are hell bent on cracking it somehow. Google has however decided to quit production of Daydream VR and the VR scene because their phone-based headsets are not the best solution for daily usage.

Samsung explored it similar to Google with their Gear VR headset which was supported by Oculus and had a good run. DayDream VR was a good attempt that did well during its age in the past two years but it has reached a roadblock now.

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There is hardly any scope to improve on it and the entry level market is now occupied by Oculus Go, the $200 VR headset that does everything even better. Besides, there are hardly any sales figures to boast of in this segment. Oculus is backed by Facebook that ensured it is going to have a good run for another few years until it is adopted mainstream.

During the Google I/O 2019 meet, the company confirmed that the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will not support DayDream VR anymore. They will also stop manufacturing the headset because Google witnessed a considerable decline in the user base of VR headsets they sold.

The initial gimmicky hype has died down and if anyone is looking for a hardcore virtual reality experience, the better way is to go with Oculus headsets or the HTC Vive Focus. They need a beefy computer but the end result is much better compared to the mobile VR headsets.

While Daydream View is going out of production, existing users can still access Daydream app store to download new apps or other content available online. The smartphone VR industry is no longer on the rise and every manufacturer is moving towards foldable phones or gestures as does the Pixel 4. While it is not a big deal for most people, the hype has now turned towards Xbox 2020 and PS5 which may promote VR on a whole new level among the gaming community.

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