Business and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, tried out an Oculus Rift headset this week, according to the Murdoch Here Tumblr site.
According to Murdoch Here, where 21st Century Fox chief of staff Natalie Ravitz posts behind-the-scenes dispatches from Murdoch's daily adventures, Murdoch visited the New York branch of design and graphics studio Framestore on April 16. Joining him were Ravitz; Paul Cheesbrough, chief technology officer of News Corp.; and Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.
Framestore is the firm behind the "Ascend the Wall" Oculus Rift demo. In the virtual reality experience, players climb the Wall from Game of Thrones, the HBO TV series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Framestore worked with HBO and marketing firm Relevent to create "Ascend the Wall." Murdoch, 83, tried the demo along with his cohorts, and raved about it.
"Yesterday saw mind blowing demonstration of virtual reality developed by Oculus, snapped up for $2 bn by Facebook. Congrats, Mark," said Murdoch on Twitter yesterday, referring to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
For more on the rise of VR in the popular consciousness, check out our opinion piece on why VR headsets will likely replace standard displays in a few decades, as Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey said during PAX East.