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Mark Zuckerberg: VR is Still Rough, but It Might Replace Smartphones and Computers

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Facebook shook the tech world last year when they bought Oculus VR for a whopping $2 billion dollars.

Not much has come out of the social media titan since then, but now we’re learned a bit more of the company’s vision for the virtual reality platform, via a Q&A session with Facebook boss and founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

Speaking in Bogota, Colombia, Zuckerberg said that he sees a future where VR tech will become a “more natural” way of communicating between each other, even more than phones have been:

“Now mobile phones are clearly the main way we communicate, but they will not be the last way that we do computing.

I think it’s pretty easy to imagine that in the future we will have something that we can wear that will look just like normal glasses so it won’t look weird like some of the stuff that exists today. And you’ll just have context about what’s going on in the world around you and being able to communicate with people and not have to disrupt your conversations by looking down or be interruptive. I think that’s going to be really powerful.”

Despite his optimism, he did express some concerns with how VR tech is currently “very rough”, and that it’s currently not reasonable to use HMDs like Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus in everyday life:

“You all remember the first mobile phones were terrible and that’s kind of the stage we’re at now with virtual reality and augmented reality. It’s just extremely early stage and the early stuff is very rough still. But I think that’s going to be a really important trend.

There will be another platform after computers that becomes the primary computing platform and we’re really excited to build that as well. We’re working on that with Oculus, which is, I think, by far the leader in virtual reality at this point and it’s going to be very exciting to see how that develops.”

I know that I personally can’t wait for the day that VR tech is commonplace. Growing up as an ’80s and ’90s kid, I would daydream about “jacking in” much like Case did with the Matrix. How about you? Are you excited for what VR devices could bring to our lives?

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14 comments
  1. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    January 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    “in Bogota, Columbia”……Wonder what part of the world that is?

  2. Barret Somerville
    Barret Somerville
    January 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    vr is cool, i just hope that it does well with aaa games and that people make game’s work with the new tec asides from being a game made for it. Pretty much not make it gimmicky like connect, but i doubt anything like that will happen.

  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    January 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Ack, you’re right! Apologies!

  4. Nin
    Nin
    January 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Soon, future generations will ask, “What’s a controller?” I will then silently weep for the good old days.

  5. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    January 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I seriously doubt it will ever happen. Many people can’t handle VR due to seizures and whatnot.

  6. Andrew
    Andrew
    January 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    VR cinema and VR space sims, are awesome. The only issues I have are with seeing the pixels in the DK 2 so you can’t have detailed items at a distance. Vs the resolution you need and the expensive hardware you will require to run it on. But it’s definitely here now if you can stand the resolution (Just try elite dangerous for an example.)

  7. Badmojo7
    Badmojo7
    January 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I kind of feel bad with agreeing with Mark Zuckerberg on this. This is the natural evolution of the tech. Creating a glasses like display that can be used as AR or VR is the goal. Think about cell phones now, they are not just phones, they are mini computers, gps, recorders, access internet, texting, can do photos and videos..etc. We are cramming everything into our phones that technically they should not even be called phones. It is just a matter of time before the next stage eventually happens. First we need to get VR mainstream and after that, I suspect the tech will develop fast. Think how fast cell phones got adopted, it seemed only a few people had cell phones to the next everyone has them.

  8. Badmojo7
    Badmojo7
    January 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I just want them to keep it 100% open so anybody can create a game or app for it and not try to create a walled off garden like apple where only approved apps/games can work on it. They have said they will keep it open, but I do not trust FB in the long term.

  9. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    January 20, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I can’t really agree, under the premise that VR is something not everyone can handle due to health reasons of seizures.

  10. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    January 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    That didn’t stop cars from becoming commonplace.

  11. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    January 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    It’ll happen … eventually. It’s going to take a long time for people to figure out how to adapt games to the VR medium, though.

  12. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    January 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I don’t know what that has to do with VR…

  13. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    January 22, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    A lot of people can’t drive cars for health reasons, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming commonplace.

  14. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    January 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Driving cars and VR are two completely different things. Seizures are common in how people go through VR and various headaches happen too. This isn’t something that will replace controllers or mouse and keyboards.