Former Valve Staffer Condemns Virtual Reality
Fabian Giesen, a former programmer for Valve has recently come out against the tech behind virtual reality. He went as far as calling the technology “bad news.” Giesen made those comments a while back through a Twitter conversion, and took to GitHub to explain what he meant when he said that.
“With AR, there’s a variety of information display/visualization applications, all of which are at the very least interesting and could turn out to be tremendously empowering in various ways,” he began. “The endpoint of VR, on the other hand – all engineering practicalities of first aiming for a seemingly easier goal aside – seems to be fundamentally anti-social, completing the sad trajectory of entertainment moving further and further away from shared social experiences.
Oculus Rift and Sony are currently preparing the release of their own VR devices, but they are still currently a ways out. We may see more on both devices in 2015.