31 Dec '13, 3pm

Oculus Rift Takes Virtual Reality Mainstream

Virtual reality has been hyped as the next big thing for decades—and yet, it never seems to deliver. Despite the potential, particularly in the world of gaming, numerous attempts have left players dizzy with disappointment, and just plain dizzy. So why should you believe us when we say that this is the year? Two words: Oculus Rift. The Rift is the brainchild of 21-year-old Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR , a Silicon Valley start-up in Irvine, Calif. Luckey was weaned on late 20th-century dreams of virtual reality. He’d read about the cyberspace Metaverse in the novel Snow Crash , watched Keanu Reeves in The Matrix , and seen Jeff Bridges teleport into the world of Tron . Coming of age in California during the dot-com boom, he assumed that brilliant geeks were already cooking up a fantastically immersive simulated world. “I grew up imagining it was some technology t...

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