In October, Google officially discontinued the Daydream View VR headset. The company has taken another step today from its original leadership position in telephone-based VR technology by announcing that it offers open sourcing software for Cardboard, its “no-frills” software.
Cardboard was launched in 2014 and was one of the first DIY VR kits after projects like the FOV2GO, which sparked years of interest in phone-based VR. Now this trend is officially over and it seems impossible to buy Oculus’ Gear VR in the US and Google discontinues Daydream. Now that Google has Open Source Cardboard, it means the phone-based VR is officially over.
Google states that it will contribute to the Cardboard open source project by adding “new features”. Apart from the obligation to add an SDK package to Unity, it does not specify which features it is. If you’d like to try the project yourself, Google released the developer documentation and uploaded the Cardboard SDK to a GitHub repo.