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Oculus Rift Inventor: VR will be for hardcore gamers... at first

VR will go mainstream, but will be for hardcore gamers and enthusiasts at first, Oculus Rift inventor says.

Published Fri, Jun 26 2015 2:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:06 PM CST

It's impossible to tell when virtual reality will go mainstream - if it does - but the companies pushing VR hardware hope its sooner rather than later.

Oculus Rift Inventor: VR will be for hardcore gamers... at first | TweakTown.com

Re/code recently caught up with Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, to see what he thought about the future of VR.

"In these early days, probably for at least two years, VR is going to be primarily for gamers and enthusiasts that are willing to invest in high-end machines," Luckey said while speaking with Re/code. "VR is going to become something mainstream, but it's not going to happen right away. You just don't have the horsepower to make it happen on a device, much less a cheap enough and comfortable enough device that a normal consumer is going to want to have."

It would make sense that VR is destined to be something for enthusiasts and gamers, but there are other real-world applications for it. However, it's going to take additional support from software developers, working to find ways to create apps that can be used by casual consumers and workers in the office.

Until then, expect VR hardware to still be relatively pricey, but costs could drop as additional breakthroughs take place.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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