Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has said that ‘traditional’ TVs and displays will no longer exist in ‘a couple of decades’. Luckey reasoned that, in the near future, costs of making large TVs would not make sense when compared to cheaper, smaller virtual reality (VR) headsets such as the company’s own Oculus Rift headset.
“I think there’s almost no way that traditional displays will be around in a couple of decade because it just won’t be feasible,” Luckey said at last weekend’s PAX East event in Boston, as recorded by Maximum PC. “Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it worked dirt cheap for that it’s still gonna cost a lot to ship it, to make it from raw materials. Yeah, I mean a VR headset is gonna be much better and much cheaper and you can take it anywhere.”
The second Oculus Rift development kit (DK2) uses a 1080p display, similar to many HDTVs in this day and age. However TV manufacturers recently started a big push for new 4K resolutions in their sets. Would VR headsets need to offer this resolution themselves before starting to challenge that industry?
Luckey went on to once again reassure that Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR would not impact the company’s proceedings in the near future. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all developments with the Oculus Rift and all other VR headsets and bring you the latest.