Google has ceased support for its Daydream View virtual reality headset after experimenting with the VR ecosystem. The company also confirmed that the new Pixel 4 devices won’t support the Daydream View headsets. Moreover, Google is shifting its focus on AR instead and will invest heavily in Google Lens, AR walking navigation in Maps, and AR in Search.
Google also confirmed that the ecosystem did not gather the broad consumer and developer adoption it expected and therefore Daydream project has been shuttered. The spokesperson also said that “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.”
Further, Google has also noted that people are slowly using the Daydream View headset less frequently than before. However, the app and store will still continue to remain for existing users.
According to Google, “There hasn’t been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we’ve seen decreasing usage overtime of the Daydream View headset. So while we are no longer selling Daydream View or supporting Daydream on Pixel 4, the Daydream app and store will remain available for existing users”.