Here’s where VR is going in 2017 and beyond, according to Oculus VR co-founder Jack McCauley.
You might expect one of the co-founders of Oculus to say that the future of VR is going to be Oculus Rift or the recently released Oculus Touch controllers. And yet, talking to Jack McCauley, one of Oculus’s co-founders, that’s wasn’t the case.
He’s pretty set in the idea that mobile is going to be the future for the medium, even if it’s not the best way to experience VR right this minute.
In a conversation with TechRadar, McCauley recounted his first experience with the Oculus Rift from all those years ago and talked about where the Facebook-owned company could improve down the road.
His ideas and opinions on the six-month-old consumer version of the hardware were refreshing, honest and blunt.
“Oculus Rift is heavy and it’s costly. They need to reduce the cost of it, and if that means sacrificing a few features that are incremental improvements, that’s what they need to do.” A harsh but absolutely true statement.
What was more telling however, was McCauley’s take on the future of VR – one in which he believed that mobile phones might be more popular than big gaming rig-powered systems.
When asked what he thought about what the future is going to look like, McCauley said: “Oculus announced its sales numbers on Wednesday and it sold 5,000,000 Gear VR units. That’s very impressive. That’s a smash hit … it’s kind of looking like it’s mobile.”