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Curious mention of ‘Google Cardboard’ in Pokemon Go could hint at future VR features


It goes without saying that Pokemon Go is blasting off, but what’s keeping the hype from already waning is the fact that there is so much more to come. The original trailer shown off last year touted the ability to trade and battle Pokemon with other players, and those features are almost certainly already in the works, but how else could we see the game evolve in the coming months?

If you want to make a not-so farfetch’d guess based on the Licenses page in the app, VR features in the form of Google Cardboard could be in the cards…

The mention was spotted by the PokéSteal fan page on Twitter, above which the License page says that “the following Open Source Software and 3rd Party Libraries went in to the making of Pokemon Go.” You and I both know that — as of the time of this writing at least — there aren’t any features in the game that take advantage of Cardboard.

There’s no way for us to know what said features might look like, but the idea would definitely make sense if only to provide some kind of gameplay mechanic that doesn’t require actually exploring the real world — doing so with a Cardboard headset probably wouldn’t be the safest idea. It might make sense to use Cardboard as an interactive way to battle other players in VR.


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