Oculus Rift Creator Says James Cameron Is "Incorrect" About VR
"All you have to do is try virtual reality to understand that it goes beyond anything you can do."
Last year, Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron called virtual reality technology like Oculus Rift "a yawn, frankly." Now, 22-year-old Rift creator Palmer Luckey has responded to Cameron's comments.
"He is incorrect," Luckey told IGN. "All you have to do is try virtual reality to understand that it goes beyond anything you can do, even on a 3D television or a 3D movie screen."
Cameron, like other high-profile entertainment figures before him, questions the broad appeal of Oculus Rift. But for Luckey, he sees Rift unlocking new opportunities for storytelling not possible with traditional movies.
"Being surrounded, feeling like you're actually present in a virtual world, it gives you a much more compelling canvas to tell stories with than having to frame everything into a small rectangle you just watch," Luckey said. "I think that speaks for itself."
Though Cameron sounds pessimistic about Rift, he did say in his original comments from 2014 that "Oculus Rift is fine. It's good a good display and that sort of thing."
Oculus recently made headlines for a Time magazine cover which depicted a shoe-less Luckey wearing his famous virtual reality headset while jumping in the air in front of a beach. The Internet promptly ridiculed the goofy Time Magazine Oculus Rift cover and turned it into a beautiful meme.
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