Oculus VR Founder Predicts TVs Becoming Obsolete
While VR technology is incredible and has some great applications for gaming and entertainment in general (see: porn), I’m not quite sure it’s going to overthrow traditional displays or TVs. At least not in the next decade.
According to Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, we won’t have TVs or traditional displays in a few decades. Speaking about the resources needed to build, ship and sell televisions, Luckey said that the model “just won’t be feasible.”
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“Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it were dirt cheap for that, it’s still going to cost a lot to ship it and make it from raw materials,” Luckey said during a recent interview with Maximum PC. “A VR headset is going to be much better and much cheaper and you can take it anywhere.”
Of course, the advantage is that one TV can serve many people. One headset is only fit for one pair of eyes. At least, that’s what logic dictates, right? According to Luckey, even that will be possible with VR eventually.
“It’s all a matter of how good VR has to be,” Luckey said. “… Eventually, VR is going to be good enough — someday, as good or as close to real life. If you want to simulate sitting in a room watching a TV, you’ll be able to do that.”
I think that is perhaps the biggest stumbling block for VR at the moment, affordability and not having all the advantages that comes with TV. If Sony or Oculus can get over those issues then we may see a VR revolution. Hopefully more so than that 3D TV revolution.