‘Pokémon Go’ could get support for Google Cardboard soon

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It seems that everyone, with the possible exception of our editor and Windows 10 Mobile users, are having a ball playing Nintendo’s Pokémon Go game. Besides phones and tablets, we may soon see Pokémon Go gain support for Google’s Cardboard, as alluded to in the game’s settings.

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The tip comes courtesy of the Business Insider, and as you can see from the image above, it’s clearly mentioned in the settings of the game. Support for AR wearables has previously been hinted at before by Niantic‘s CEO, John Hanke, and with Google Cardboard being on of the cheapest AR options around, it makes sense. Plus, Cardboard is cheap and compatible with both iPhones and Android handsets, giving a broad base of users.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there may be a few safety issues when using the Cardboard headgear with Pokémon Go, the main one being that you aren’t able to see the physical world around you. Controlling the game via the headset’s single button may also be a problem. With that in mind, Niantic could be developing a version of Cardboard with a peephole for the camera lens and maybe even a controller unit so we can throw balls at Pikachu and its companions. As yet, though, it’s just conjecture and rumours.

Are you looking forward to playing Pokémon Go with Google Cardboard? It could great fun so long as the safety and control issues are ironed out.

Source: Business Insider


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • bolski

    Let’s hope this is a rumor. Wow. Talk about safety issues, especially since you won’t be able to see what is going on in the real world. How long, if this does happen, before we hear of an individual (worse yet, a kid) walking across a street and getting hit by a vehicle? Stupid, stupid, stupid if this is going to happen.

    • Ryan Mendoza

      This is the first thing I thought too. No thanks.

      • Dan Teh Chad

        It doesn’t actually seem like either of you actually THOUGHT anything before replying.

        This would actually be safer than what’s happening now.

        Pokémon GO is an ‘AR’ game. If you look at catching screens, etc, it utilizes the camera phone to superimpose them into the world around you. It would take only minor adjustments to endure that players are always seeing through the camera while they play -potentially turning this into a safer experience than what’s happening right now.

        Nintendo would basically HAVE TO switch to this in order for a cardboard mode to work, because no players would accept the extra steps to put their phone in/out of cardboard every few minutes. If you’ve ever used the cardboard setup, you know that the tedium of doing that repeatedly would drive you mad -particularly while out and about.

        Its not the same kind of spatial awareness as putting away the phone and just paying attention to what’s around you… But other than a reduced field of view, it’s pretty darn close to it. A hell of a lot safer than texting pedestrians in recent years. The fact that you naturally just turn your head to see around you only makes it easier in such a case to maintain awareness.