The Initial Dismissal
According to the article from The Hollywood Reporter, the infamous James Cameron, veteran film director of Titanic and Avatar, has dismissed the virtual reality (VR) technology like Oculus Rift as a yawn. Though his statement seems negative at first, he basically explains that the current technology level for virtual realities is at its premature stage. As such, he wonders when these projects will mature and be acceptable by a larger audience.
“There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly. The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR, and what will that be? What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just ‘I can stand and look around’. If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a video game, it’s been around forever.”
-James Cameron, Film Director
What James Cameron doesn’t know: the Control VR
Fortunately, folks have seen developers using other technologies with the support of Oculus Rift, such as the Control VR, a digital device that sharpens the hand coordination within the digital realm of a virtual world. This equipment allows the user to actually grab things in the digital dimensions for the first time. Meaning, the VR projects are capable of interacting with another world and individuals without the joysticks, controllers, and keyboards. For instance, individuals can finally speak in sign-languages.
Despite some folks knowing these advancements, James Cameron does not unfortunately know these tidbit news. According to Gamespot, he has also said that he has not yet seen a VR application that allows the user to do much more than look around a virtual world. In the end, he said offhandedly, “Oculus Rift is fine, it’s got a good display and that sort of thing.”
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