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With Facebook investing heavily in virtual reality Facebook Bought Oculus: Is VR Dead Before It Began? Facebook Bought Oculus: Is VR Dead Before It Began? What happens when the little guy that everyone loves to rally behind gets sucked up into an evil corporation and becomes rich? A veritable storm of writhing anger, apparently. Read More , this technology was suddenly mainstream news. But does the MakeUseOf readership feel that VR is going to truly become mainstream in the future? Read on to find out.

There Is No Spoon

We asked you, Is Virtual Reality Going To Change The World? The question was prompted by a big week of news for virtual reality. Sony unveiled Project Morpheus Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift bring virtual reality back, Unreal Engine 4 debuts, Flappy Bird is returning, Firefox 28 drops Metro, Google Docs phishing, and Mongolia tries to ban swearing on the Web. Read More , but the Japanese company was subsequently blown out of the water by Facebook acquiring Oculus VR Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook Oculus Rift, HTC One M8, MS-DOS Source Code, IRS Bitcoin [Tech News Digest] Facebook causes an Oculus rift, HTC One blah blah, Microsoft frees MS-DOS, IRS rules on Bitcoin, Disney buys into YouTube, Google launches Photowall, and lots of white guys wear the Oculus Rift. Read More , makers of the Oculus Rift Oculus Rift Development Kit Review and Giveaway Oculus Rift Development Kit Review and Giveaway The Oculus Rift has finally arrived, and is making heads turn (literally) all over the gaming community. No longer are we confined to to peering through a flat window into the gaming worlds we love... Read More , for $2 billion.

With two giant corporations both committed to investing time and money into developing VR hardware for the masses, the assumption has to be that virtual reality is destined to change the world.

The number of you who contributed to the debate was disappointingly low, but each and every one of those who did take time out to comment offered something of interest. And the overall sentiment is that virtual reality is going to be huge; if not tomorrow then one day soon.

The justifications for this prediction include:-

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Its real-world potential for people such as “architects, surgeons, pilots, fighter pilots, and astronauts.

Its “unlimited potential for putting people in otherwise unimaginable places.

The potential it has for changing the porn industry, using the argument that “modern media distribution both hard copy and digital all were excelled or created by porn.

There was one dissenting voice who feels that augmented reality stands a greater chance of changing the world than virtual reality. This is certainly the case in the short-term, but, looking further into the future, VR could be the more significant game changer.

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Tom W, KT, and Hildy J. Comment Of The Week goes to Dragonmouth, who wins a T-shirt for this comment Is Virtual Reality Going to Change the World? [We Ask You] Is Virtual Reality Going to Change the World? [We Ask You] We're particularly keen to hear your feelings about virtual reality in the home. Will it ever be mainstream? Read More :

Virtual reality has existed much longer than since the advent of simulators. VR has existed since the first story was told around the campfire. Books, movies, radio, records, TV, simulators, and now headsets all have been advances in the way VR is delivered.
Will VR change the world? Have previous forms of VR such as books, movies, radio, TV, etc. changed the world? Definitely! What is only a virtual reality today, will be the actual reality tomorrow.

We chose this comment because it’s a startlingly simple point that may change the way naysayers and non-believers think about VR. It suggests that, at its core, virtual reality is just another medium for telling stories. In which case it’s not so much a matter of if it will change the world as how it will change the world.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

  1. Tom W
    April 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I think that the number of responses was so low because VR is currently a niche market. This means that few people have an opinion on it, and fewer still are prepared to take the time to share the opinion.

  2. Mats Svensson
    April 2, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I hear its going to be big, in the new millennium.

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