Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Oculus Touch Be as Groundbreaking as the Rift?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Oculus Touch Be as Groundbreaking as the Rift?

Article excerpt

When Oculus VR launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, it promised the first virtual-reality goggles that live up to science fiction. The start-up capitalized on the fact that smart phones had driven down the price of small, high-quality screens and sensors - the parts necessary to build a headset that not only presents a realistic 3-D world, but also can accurately track your head as you peered into it.

After three years of refinements and a $2 billion acquisition by Facebook, Oculus revealed its first consumer pair of VR goggles on Thursday at a press conference in San Francisco. This completed headset, called the Oculus Rift, will go on sale early next year.

Going into its big unveiling, Oculus had already proven that it could deliver two of the three pieces necessary to create an immersive VR experience.

The company has already sent out thousands of prototype headsets to Kickstarter backers and sold others to developers interested in trying out the hardware. …

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