Virtual reality (VR) is one of those technologies that seems wildly inaccessible for the majority of people. But Facebook has a plan to combat that, after unveiling a wireless virtual-reality headset – the Oculus Quest – in an attempt to popularise the technology.
The headset will go sale in spring 2019 for $399, complete with hand controllers to give people a sense of presence in virtual reality, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday at the Oculus Connect conference in San Jose, California.
It isn’t a surprise to see Facebook release this technology; they have always viewed virtual reality as the next great advancement in human communication, and after acquiring Oculus VR – a headset company – in 2014 have been pushing the technology forward. Indeed, the Oculus Quest is the latest in a line of VR products that meet different needs.
But the question still remains; is virtual reality an accessible enough technology? Is providing a hand-held headset really enough to increase the general use of it, or will it just remain something that businesses harness in order to differentiate themselves in the market?