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AR/VR Weekly | March 22, 2019 - GDC Edition

Oculus showed off its next-gen PC virtual reality headset this week. It's the Rift S, and, well, it d

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AR/VR Weekly | March 22, 2019 - GDC Edition

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Oculus showed off its next-gen PC virtual reality headset this week. It’s the Rift S, and, well, it didn’t have the same effect as Google Stadia’s cloud gaming platform had on this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Everyone I’ve talked to has asked me about Google or had something to say about Stadia. And what about Oculus’s news? Crickets. It wasn’t that long ago that virtual reality was the buzz about GDC.
But I don’t think this is a bad thing. Not at all.
Virtual reality is a niche in the gaming market. Sure, it has Facebook’s muscle, but it’s still a small segment. That could grow with Oculus Quest. That standalone VR system might already have its killer app in Beat Saber, we learned this week.
The bigger problem, I fear, is what our Jeremy Horwitz pointed out: the headset market is getting too crowded and too confusing. His advice is to sit out for now and wait until the dust settles.
My worry: too many options will frustrate and oversaturate the market. It reminds me of the 1983 video game crash, but on a much smaller scale.
I just hope VR isn’t the next Atari.
For AR/VR coverage, send news tips to Dean Takahashi and Jeremy Horwitz. Please send guest post submissions to Rowan Kaiser. Please be sure to visit our AR/VR Channel.
— Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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