The Oculus Rift is a remarkable, intoxicating, mesmerising experience, and virtual reality, or VR, will almost certainly turn out to be one of the defining technologies of the next century — but not quite yet.
I first tried out a VR headset perhaps a dozen years ago: it was like trying to play Pong while wearing a diving helmet. On a boat in a storm. At midnight. Drunk.
The Rift shows how much the state of the art has advanced. In a post-industrial hipster-infested warehouse — inevitably not too far from Shoreditch in London — I got a tour of some of the games and other ‘experiences’ being built for the headset.
Unlike AR where the virtual image only takes up a small amount of your field of vision, with Rift you are entirely surrounded.