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⏰ Is VR Ever Going Mainstream? Story Architects, Comic-Con, Nolan's Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 (Newsletter #20)

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“There’s a huge expectation and impatience for VR to be the next big thing right now. However, it’s been dawning on people that this uptake is going to take longer than originally expected.”
Humans hate uncertainty. We worry about the future. So it’s not surprisingly when the question of when (if?) VR will go mainstream becomes an incurable itch. To the rescue is Henry Stuart with this brilliant takedown. In fact, he applies such uncommon simplicity that you’d mistake the man for selling fortune cookies: “[Everything] is going to change. Not overnight, but gradually.” Obviously, Henry goes farther—he gives you a timeline of events (from 2017 to 2025) detailing how everyone from Apple to Microsoft, and everything from cinematic VR to social VR will finally reach ‘mass adoption’. Trust me, it’s a must-read.
In a much-needed contrast to the increasing pessimissim, our regular contributor Heston L'Abbe confidently says: VR is not a fad. The usual heckles of “remember 3D TV? Google Glass? VR in the 90’s? Wait, too complicated and expensive for mass appeal"; are all skillfully addressed in his new piece. Read it and more down below.
Finally, missed the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)? We got you covered :)
See you in two weeks,
P.S. I’d love to hear how we’re doing with this newsletter. If you have any comments or suggestions, just hit reply. It will help. Danka!

Virtual Reality: the Route to Mass Adoption
VR is Not a Fad
Using Zimbardo’s Psychology of Evil to Combat Harassment in Social VR
Story Architects of the [near] Future
How I Made ‘Witness’: a VR Experience of Warsaw Uprising
Why 3D Audio is the Next Big Step for Virtual Reality
New Camera by Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality
A Reality Check for Virtual Headsets
Mira’s Prism: Vying to Become the Google Daydream of Augmented Reality
Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit
Netflix's Stranger Things: 360 VR Experience
Dunkirk: 360 VR Experience
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