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Luckey: Concerns of Anti-Social VR are ‘absurd’

Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Stuff had an interview with creator of the Oculus Rift Palmer Luckey about virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). They discussed Oculus Rift’s current prototype, Crescent Bay as well as issues regarding VR HMDs.

During the interview Luckey was asked about VR taking away from the social aspect of videogaming and if it concerned him. He stated: “No I think it’s an absurd concern, just because you’re in a headset doesn’t mean you’re disconnected with people. I mean you can talk on the phone and say ‘when you’re looking at a phone you’re not talking to people, you’re less social’. But people use them for messaging, calling people on the phone, they use them for video chatting. It’s just a different kind of communication.”

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“People aren’t going to put on VR headsets and like I said earlier, ‘sit in the basement alone and not talk to anybody’.” Luckey proposed. “They are almost certainly going to be using them to communicate with other people. In many ways its going to be a far more social and genuine human communication experience than chatting on a computer or sending an email. If anything it will bring an element of humanity back to digital communication not the other way around.”

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