James Cameron On VR -- Meh
Technology like Oculus Rift is a "yawn," the acclaimed Titanic and Avatar director says.
Veteran film director James Cameron is not impressed with virtual reality technology like Oculus Rift. During a recent Wall Street Journal event in California, the Titanic and Avatar director said he doesn't see the appeal of Oculus Rift, at least not yet.
"There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly," he said, as chronicled by The Hollywood Reporter. Cameron, like other high-profile entertainment figures before him, questions the broad appeal of Oculus Rift.
"If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a video game, it's been around forever" -- James Cameron
"The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR, and what will that be?" Cameron said.
He also said that he has not yet seen a VR application that allows the user to do much more than look around a virtual world--video games have done this for long time now, he said.
"What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just 'I can stand and look around,'" he said, adding: "If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a video game, it's been around forever."
Though he sounded pessimistic about Oculus Rift, he ended his thoughts by saying, "offhandedly" according to The Hollywood Reporter, that "Oculus Rift is fine. It's good a good display and that sort of thing."
Just this week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose company paid $2 billion to acquire Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR earlier this year, said it could be "a bunch of years" before VR tech sees widespread adoption.