Oculus co-founder leaves Facebook
There's rumors kicking around that the next-generation Oculus headset has been killed off. Labelled 'Rift 2,' it would be the first meaningful update to the high-end PC hardware since the original debut of the Rift.
Brendan Iribe, one of the company's co-founders, is leaving Facebook after the project was cancelled, at least according to Techcrunch. The news made me pause, for a minute, and wonder aloud... what even happened to VR?
This was an industry so hype-driven, pushing the limits of computers, with wild technology demos and people dying to try it out, but it seemingly fizzled out. The realities of VR were the problem: wires everywhere, a high-end PC tethered on the other end, and the need for an entire room to actually play.
That's not even mentioning the simple challenge that almost every virtual reality game today tends to remain a technology demo. You jump in, have your mind blown, and it's over: there's no depth, or hours of content, just enough stuff to think "wow, VR is cool" before forgetting about it forever.
Facebook, for its part, is focused on something new in VR for that reason: all-in-one devices. The next-generation Oculus headsets don't require external hardware, wires, or even a phone in the helmet — they do it all for you.
Lowering that barrier might be critical to VR's success, and I suspect that Facebook's made the right call here. It's a shame that commercial, high-end VR might flounder as a result, but fostering a PC-based ecosystem is difficult at best.
You are Jeff Bezos
One day, you wake up as Jeff Bezos, with all his wealth, fame and fortune. Now what do you do? This is a delightfully simple game that reminds me of Paperclips in how deceivingly genius it is.
Apple speaks iPhone XR
An interesting interview with Apple's Phil Schiller, SVP of global marketing at the company, that reveals many decisions behind the handset. Best of all, he reveals the thoughts behind the 'R' in the name (it's related to cars, and mostly nothing).
Amazon wants Bloomberg to revoke the Supermicro story, too
Tim Cook called for the story to be retracted, but now the AWS CEO is asking the same.
Google Home Hub reviews are surprisingly positive
The reaction seems to be that it's the best digital photo frame, with much more sprinkled on top. I didn't get one for review, but I'm excited to get my pre-order, now.