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posted by martyb on Friday October 13 2017, @01:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the do-you-see-what-I-see? dept.

"At every step along the way, the future is built by people who believe it can be better."

That's the message Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, brought to the company's fourth annual Oculus Connect virtual reality developer conference Wednesday. As in previous years, Zuckerberg joined the stage to discuss the promise of what virtual reality can be and show off some goodies.

The company tallied 100 million app downloads, he said, and added that the company continues to work on a less-bulky version of its headsets.

But he said the company has a goal: Get 1 billion people in VR.

Maybe Zuckerberg can take those billion people along on his virtual cartoon tour of Puerto Rico's hurricane damage.


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13 2017, @11:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13 2017, @11:11PM (#582066)

    VR is and will continue to be a really shitty gimmick until companies decide to treat the headsets like the peripherals that they are. Instead Facebook along with (although not as strongly) Valve and Microsoft are focusing on keeping applications, features, and games exclusive to their device. These things ain't the iPhone, they're monintors in swimming goggles that happen to track your head.

    Facebook's attempts in-particular are laughable, no one is going to spend $200 to look at their friend's and neighbors cartoon avatars. These "social" features they're coming out with actually disgust and repulse me, I would honestly become very physically ill if I had to interact with other people in a meaningful way while they assume some mii-like avatar. Furthermore, speaking of getting sick, this "Oculus Go" thing will only support 3dof which makes a great deal of many people ill on it's own. Even if it didn't give people motion sickness, I highly doubt they're going to be able to give people an experience worthy of $200 when the computer connected peripherals struggle to do so even with thousands of dollars worth of hardware. Sometimes I'm actually tempted to believe these people really view everyone outside of their group as dumb animals who'll just go along with whatever scheme they come up with.

    Call me when they've gone far enough to replace a real monitor for real productive work.

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