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Virtual Reality Makes Leap From Sci-Fi to Sony and Microsoft

By March 22, 2014March 24th, 2020Newswires

By Keith Wagstaff

Before Oculus Rift, virtual reality headsets seemed like a relic from cheesy ‘90s movies about the Internet.

Yes, the idea of surfing the Web like Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic” seemed appealing, but gadgets like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy did not exactly live up to Hollywood’s promise. Now, with Oculus Rift and Sony’s newly announced Project Morpheus prototype for the PlayStation 4, it looks like the technology could become mainstream.

“People have always been excited about virtual reality,” Neil Schneider, executive director of the Immersive Technology Alliance, told NBC News. “The desire to do that is nothing new. What is new is that people have come up with a method to do it affordably.”

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