Virtual Reality becomes reality for Oculus Rift consumers

Mar 30, 2016


Westfield introduces world first Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets ahead of ‘Future Fashion’ an immersive pop-up experience.; Credit: Tim P. Whitby

Reviews are in for the much-anticipated virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, as it ships out to consumers this week.

Time magazine’s tech reporter, Lisa Eadicicco, calls the technology pricey ($600, plus the cost of a high-end computer), complicated, and wonderful. The content is primarily gaming, but also includes short films.

It has been four years since Oculus founder Palmer Luckey kick-started interest in VR with the introduction of a clunky headset he crafted from smartphone parts. The latest headset is sleek and immersive, including three-dimensional audio.

The Facebook-owned company will soon face competition from similar headsets, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

Are you an early adopter of new technology keen to get a headset? If not, what skepticism do you have of VR entertainment?

With files from the Associated Press.


Lisa Eadicicco, Tech Writer for TIME magazine who has used the new Rift VR headset from Oculus; she tweets from @LisaEadicicco

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