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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey On Why Now Is The Time For VR, And The Biggest Hurdles Ahead


Today at SXSW, two of the cofounders of Oculus and one of its lead hardware engineers took the stage for a quick on-the-fly Q&A session about the future of their burgeoning virtual reality headset.

If you (like, presumably, most people watching) were hoping for an update on when they might ship the retail version (or even a second developers-only version) of their virtual reality headset: no such luck*.

[* The topic actually got brought up a few times, but they actively dodged it. When an audience member asked “Do you know roughly when a new developer kit might ship?”, Palmer replied simply: “Yes.”]

They did, however, touch on a question that many have asked since the Oculus Rift started picking up steam: why now? Plenty of people have tried this virtual reality headset thing before, and it’s never taken off. Why might the Oculus Rift do any better?


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