Oculus Rift

June 08, 2013 | 11:11 a.m.

Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift could be a virtual reality breakthrough

The latest revolution in gaming may not be something related to in-home consoles or the much-hyped Google Glass. It may well come from a 20-year-old former journalism student who left Cal State Long Beach to focus on a longtime buzzword whose day may finally have come: virtual reality. The idea sounds alternately futuristic and outdated now after briefly infiltrating pop culture in the ’90s, as witnessed by the fake playgrounds of the holodeck on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The concept’s latest form comes from California native Palmer Luckey, whose headset called the Rift has some of the top names in the video game industry convinced that virtual reality can again be the next big thing. Skeptical? Luckey isn’t surprised. “VR was popular in the ’80s and ’90s, and there was this promise that it was coming, but so many […]
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