Oculus VR founder predicts VR gear will replace smartphones but cables must go

By Shawn Knight
Nov 3, 2015
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  1. The near future of virtual reality is going to look a lot different than what we envisioned just a few years ago according to Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.

    During a chat at the Dublin Web Summit on Tuesday, Luckey acknowledged that early mobile products like the Gear VR will be a critical stepping stone in the success of virtual reality. While PCs will no doubt afford a more immersive experience due to sheer processing power, the fact that headsets are physically tethered to the machine will be quite restrictive.

    Luckey also said the cost of owning a PC capable of powering a VR experience will be another limiting factor. That should resolve itself within five or six years, he added, when nearly any PC will be powerful enough to handle the job.

    Smartphones will play a key role in the emergence of virtual reality albeit only for a short while. Lucky believes that VR gear will ultimately replace our handsets by adopting all of their capabilities, adding that he would be very surprised if 50 years from now, we’re still all carrying around slabs in our pockets when you can just project a virtual environment.

    That may sound far-reaching but remember, smartphones were hardly a blip on the radar just 10 years ago. Now, they’ve permeated nearly every aspect of our daily lives, pushing traditional PCs to the side in the process.

    Lead image courtesy Stephen Shankland, CNET

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +480

    Hmmm, I wonder if this would bring back the google-glass privacy issue again though.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,936

    He could be right, I don't suppose it's too far fetched.
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    I'm curious what the interface will look like in this future. Touch with a smartphone is a fairly intuitive interface. Projected VR interfaces don't come off as convenient to me.
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I'd rather have something I can put in my pocket, than walk around with a brick on my head. VR has to get smaller, much smaller, before I would ever consider it as an option over a cellphone.
  6. Nitrotoxin

    Nitrotoxin TS Booster Posts: 102   +56

    Smoking crack...
  7. JoshVR

    JoshVR TS Rookie

    VR is huge now. It's going to explode in 2016

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