Google has eliminated Google Play Films & TV from its Daydream VR platform.
Play Films & TV is Google’s portal for renting and buying films and reveals. It’s out there on Android, iOS, Internet, and Roku. Earlier than this month it was additionally out there on Daydream, Google’s VR platform for high-end Android smartphones and Lenovo’s standalone headset.
Daydream customers will nonetheless have the ability to watch their rented films by way of their Library within the YouTube VR app. Nonetheless the UI isn’t precisely designed for this, and shopping and buying films they’ll now want to make use of their cellphone or pc.
This information comes as a part of a development of Google winding down funding within the Daydream platform. Final month, Google’s head of VR advised CNET that the corporate wouldn’t be releasing a Quest competitor this yr. Samsung stopped supporting Daydream with its Galaxy S10, and Google’s personal just lately launched Pixel 3A doesn’t assist Daydream both.
Google has gained a fame for beginning and shortly abandoning new platforms and merchandise, however it’s disappointing to see the corporate seemingly take this strategy to digital actuality.
Fb’s competing Oculus Go headsets affords film rental and buying in VR by way of Oculus Video, though solely within the USA. This characteristic was faraway from the PC VR Rift platform, with Fb claiming the Rift is used primarily for gaming.
The just lately launched Oculus Quest room scale standalone hasn’t gotten film leases but, however it appears to be deliberate for future.
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