Google has formally bid farewell to Cardboard, its low cost gateway into the world of cellular digital actuality. The goggles are not out there on the corporate’s on-line retailer, studies Android Police. The writing was already on the wall for Cardboard again in 2019, when Google introduced it was shifting to an open supply mannequin that will let builders create VR experiences that supported the $15 headset. By then, it had additionally deserted its higher-tier Daydream View goggles, with Samsung following an identical route, that signalled to many who the tech giants have been via with smartphone-based VR.
Today’s information is the newest reminder of the adjustments that VR has undergone in a number of quick years. Cardboard was launched in 2014, the identical yr that Facebook purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion. Google’s goggles — together with different so-called stereoscopic viewers for smartphones — opened up digital actuality to an even bigger viewers and, within the ensuing years, an rising quantity of VR experiences have been launched by the mainstream media, Hollywood and devoted builders.
More client headsets adopted, together with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR in 2016. And, in 2019, Facebook delivered its first standalone Oculus Quest VR headset — and even Nintendo obtained in on the act. With so many client VR choices now out there (to not point out the rise of augmented actuality) it appears there’s simply no want for Cardboard anymore.
Of course, a budget headset had its followers: 5 million individuals picked one up in simply over a yr after its launch. Those customers additionally put in 25 million Cardboard appropriate apps throughout the identical interval. Therefore, the goggles clearly performed their half within the democratization of digital actuality.