Traditional displays, TVs 'won't be feasible' in a few decades, Oculus VR founder says

Televisions and traditional viewing displays aren't likely to exist in "a couple decades," according to Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey during a recent interview with Maximum PC.

Luckey founded Oculus — creators of virtual reality headset Oculus Rift — in 2012; the company was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion last month. Speaking about the resources needed to build, ship and sell televisions, Luckey said that the model "just won't be feasible."

"Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it were dirt cheap for that, it's still going to cost a lot to ship it and make it from raw materials," Luckey said. "A VR headset is going to be much better and much cheaper and you can take it anywhere."

Even current advantages, like many people being able to watch the same TV at once, will be possible with virtual reality eventually, he continued.

"It's all a matter of how good VR has to be," Luckey said. "... Eventually, VR is going to be good enough — someday, as good or as close to real life. If you want to simulate sitting in a room watching a TV, you'll be able to do that."

Check out the full interview in the video below. The latest Oculus Rift dev kit is currently on sale for $350; it's expected to ship this July.


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