Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook bought Oculus in order to get into the VR scene, but have you ever wondered why he is so interested in Virtual Reality to begin with. Seems like he thinks that the Virtual world is better than the real world.
Mark Zuckerberg believes that reality is limiting and that Virtual Reality will make the real world better. At first, that might sound a bit creepy but give the man a chance. He might be on to something here. Surely the man behind Facebook knows what he is talking about, he is a visionary at the end of the day.
The billionaire wants to get a billion people on the VR platform and he insists that VIrtual Reality has the potential to improve the real world. According to Mark Zuckerberg:
“Whenever people say that we’re building virtual reality because we’re not satisfied with the one we live in, my answer is, ‘Of course we are,’”
So there you have it folks. Virtual Reality is coming your way so you can escape the real world and dive into a made up world of your choice. Just like in the movies. He further went on to say that:
“And that’s a good thing. We believe that the future can be a lot better. Optimism is good. It’s true that nothing is ever going to replace being with someone in person or doing something physical but when we can’t experience those things, when we run up against the limits of reality, VR is going to make our reality that much better.”
VR is often criticized and labeled as anti-social. You are strapping yourself into a headset, but Mark does not see it that way and feels the exact opposite of that. He says that Virtual Reality is not isolating but is truly freeing. Seeing things from his point of view, it could be true but then again how do we know that this is not some next level sales pitch? The following is what he had to say regarding the matter:
“Saying that VR is isolating because it’s immersive is a really narrow view of the world that you’re all building. The reality is, we all have limits to our reality – places we can’t go, people we can’t see, things we can’t do. And opening up more of those experiences to all of us, that’s not isolating. That’s freeing.”
Oculus Go is a new product that has been unveiled and it is a VR headset that will cost just $199 when it comes out next year. The price of the Oculus Rift bundle has also been cut down permanently in order to attract more people to the platform and to make it more accessible to the masses.
VR headsets are very expensive and the more people buy them the more developers are willing to make applications and games for the platform.
“VR is unique in creating this sense of presence, like you’re right there with another person or in another place. If you can’t think of any way that your reality can’t be better, then you’re not thinking hard enough,”
What are your views about Virtual Reality and do you agree with Mark Zuckerberg?