Oculus was supposed to bring virtual reality to the masses. What happened?

March 13, 2019

Virtual reality is the technology that keeps on promising. In the last decade, the promise has seemed so much closer. Facebook even dropped $2 billion on the VR technology company Oculus in 2014. Blake Harris is the author of “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.” Host Molly Wood talked with Harris about how Oculus and most virtual reality tech has kind of stalled. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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