Mark Zuckerberg goes live on Facebook to talk Oculus, future of virtual reality
Not content to simply announce the long awaited-arrival of the Oculus Rift to consumers, company founder Palmer Luckey and Facebook (the parent company of Oculus) founder Mark Zuckerberg both engaged in unusually direct presentations to the public this week.
Luckey used Facebook live video to bring VR fans along for the ride as he delivered the first consumer-level Oculus Rift kit to buyers in Alaska on Saturday.
Personally delivering the first Rift to Alaska!
Posted by Palmer Freeman Luckey on Saturday, March 26, 2016
The video itself was underwhelming. Nevertheless, in a landscape in which most product launches are stage-managed down to the second in a controlled environment, the effort was a sign that the Oculus understands the challenge it has ahead of it in terms of broad adoption of the device.
Then on Tuesday, Zuckerberg picked up the Oculus promotion flag by holding a live question and answer session from Facebook’s headquarters.
This week, we started shipping Oculus Rift. I’ll be showing you what’s inside the box and taking some of your questions.
Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
“Nobody has showed me anything better than this,” said Zuckerberg, holding a freshly unboxed Oculus headset.
“The whole point of VR — what makes it different — is that you feel like you’re there. When you’re using a computer or a phone, playing a game, you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re there. What VR does is — because it operates at this very fundamental psychological level — it actually works the other way: Instead of trying to convince yourself that you’re there, you find yourself trying to convince yourself that you’re not there.”
Much of the question and answer session was dominated by topics Zuckerberg has already covered, but his decision to make such a direct appeal to potential consumers underscored his desire to see the product become a staple for Facebook users.
“[VR] gives you this ability to create social experiences completely different from anything available today,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s going to allow a lot of novel experiences. We’re going to really focus on pushing the envelope on what you can do [in VR] in social as well.”
The launch of the Oculus also saw the posting of two stunning video previews of VR experiences that comes with the Oculus: Farlands, an alien world landscape, and Dream Deck, a demo reel of VR experiences that many early Oculus testers have already seen.
However, neither environment is very interactive, they are primarily ways for you to sample the power of VR in Oculus. The $599 device began arriving to early buyers on Monday and new orders are scheduled to reach buyers in July.
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