The road to new technologies is paved with dead platforms. The latest cobblestone in this grim highway is Google Daydream
At the Made By Google
hardware event Tuesday in New York, Google announced new Pixel phones
… and didn’t mention Daydream VR. VentureBeat later confirmed that these new devices wouldn’t support Daydream and that Google would stop selling the Daydream VR as well. It’d continue to support existing Daydream devices, but in reality, Daydream is dead, joining Samsung Gear VR in killing a platform.
Oculus Go isn’t dead yet, but it’s certainly on life support after last month’s Oculus Connect 6, where Facebook announced backward-compatibility for Go apps with the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset.
If you’re into mobile VR, I feel for ya. It sucks when your platform dies. I remember the first time I really felt the bite of technological progress – when TIE Fighter came out, and my 386 just wasn’t fast enough to run it. I was ticked off.
But I dealt with it. I played other games. And later on, I loved TIE Fighter when I had a PC fast enough to run it well.
And right now, that faster 486 for VR is the Oculus Quest.
–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor