Oculus Rift was unveiled to the general public at Facebook’s F8 event. Unfortunately, it failed to impress the non-gaming media.
Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash gave a talk at the event titled “Why Virtual Reality Matters To You”. If gaming outlets have jumped in to the VR bandwagon, more mainstream reporters, such as Joseph Bernstein at Buzzfeed, remain nonplussed.
Here’s a salient quote/commentary from Buzzfeed:
Yes, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer pitched the idea of Oculus as a way to improve our social connections — imagine the joy of getting to virtually experience an office birthday! — and yet Abrash’s vision of practical VR felt lame and circumscribed: “an infinitely configurably virtual workspace” … using “our hands as dexterous manipulators.”
Do you agree with Bernstein’s assessment? Is Oculus doubtful to find use outside of a gaming device? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.