Oculus Rift Takes Virtual Reality Mainstream

Start-up Oculus VR's affordable headset incorporates smartphone technology

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Oculus Rift Takes Virtual Reality Mainstream
Illustration: Brian Stauffer

Virtual reality has been hyped as the next big thing for decades—and yet, it never seems to deliver. Despite the potential, particularly in the world of gaming, numerous attempts have left players dizzy with disappointment, and just plain dizzy. So why should you believe us when we say that this is the year?

Two words: Oculus Rift.

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