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Virtual Reality Doesn’t Mean Being Anti-Social: Oculus Co-Founder
Dillon Seo, CEO of Voler Creative and a co-founder of Oculus has told the audience at TechCrunch Beijing 2015 that people need to stop thinking of VR as an anti-social technology if it is to progress.
“Think of the movie Avatar. When the main character became Avatar, he could interact and talk to people around him, which wouldn’t have been possible in the real world,” he says.
“It can also bring a sense of empathy to people. Through VR, you can feel whatever the subject is feeling,” co-founder of HTC Vive Phil Chen said on the same panel.
Mr. Seo mentioned that VR will also play a role in connecting people with limiting physical conditions as well as in training situations.
“VR offers low cost and highly efficient training,” he said. “In military training, it consumes a lot of fuel and ammunition… Through VR-based training, it can save gas, offer a much safer training environment, and preserve nature. The training can be repeated over and over again and we do not need to worry about the cost it involves.”
Two of the largest sectors looking to enter the VR market are visual effects and animation companies. “However, working in a 2D area doesn’t really mean they can excel in 3D. The way you think of the content and story board has to change,” Mr. Chen said.
Mr. Seo said content creators also need to understand what a good VR content design is. “I can’t see myself playing Street Fighters on my mobile phones as the touch input method would not allow me to pull out the combos,” he said.
“Good VR content needs to be completely and carefully redesigned for VR and this will take some time to get used to. The success will be given to those who figure out the solution to this issue.”
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