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John Carmack Would be ‘shocked’ if VR Isn’t ‘wildly popular’ in 5 Years

Oculus VR is confident that its on the right path with its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display. And why shouldn’t it be? Facebook bought the company for $2 billion USD, it’s more than doubled in size since and yet it remains patient with the development of the consumer version of the device. But speaking at this weekend’s Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California, the company’s Chief Technology Officer John Carmack revealed he was so confident in its work that he would be ‘shocked’ if VR wasn’t a mainstream concept in five years time.


Carmack said as much during a ‘The Future of VR’ panel at Oculus Connect. “From a content side at this point I think we are over the hump and it’s smooth sailing in terms of getting it out and getting it to a lot of people,” he explained. “There’s still a lot of little things that could trip up that could maybe make Oculus not the one, that maybe gets overtaken by somebody else. But signs look good right now. If it’s not something out of left field catestrophic I would be really shocked if five years from now VR is not a common, broadly used, wildly popular thing.”

Oculus VR’s Chief Scientist Michael Abrash then cut in, stating that, personally, he didn’t think VR content was ‘over the hump’ just yet as it hadn’t found something people would need to use day after day. Carmack argued back that, even without that application, the digitisation of the real world would certainly be enough to bring in mass audiences. He stated that ‘literally everyone in the world’ would find someway that they would like to use VR.

Oculus VR made another step towards Carmack’s vision today with the reveal of the Crescent Bay prototype of the Oculus Rift. The device features improved resoluton, refresh rate, design and integrated audio. Plans for the release of the prototype aren’t clear right now. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its progress. You can check out the first look at Crescent Bay here.

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