Everyone loves eye candy, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook recently announced that it’s shelling out $2 billion dollars to acquire virtual reality headset making company Oculus VR. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “There are not that many companies building technologies that can be the next major computer platform” in a conference call with investors. He also said “We are making a long-term bet that immersive virtual reality will be a part of people’s lives”
Oculus VR is currently developing the “Rift” virtual reality system for PC’s at the same time Sony is developing their own prototype VR technology for the PlayStation 4 and is called project “Morpheus”. The “Rift” system is kind of like a thick pair of dark goggles which let’s video gamers get immersed in a rich 3D environment. It’s not yet in stores but they do sell a development kit for about $350 dollars US.
Sony has been confirmed that they will not introduce their project “Morpheus” VR technology this year. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios said “Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR”. He also said “VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community”.
With both of these companies working hard at developing a VR system that can deliver on their high expectations, gamers and all eGeeks will be eagerly awaiting to see if these companies can deliver a system that can “WOW” us and make us believe that VR is here to stay and change the way we play our video games. I do wonder how the “Gummy Bear Video” will look while watching it wearing some VR Glasses/Goggles?
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