Will we still be surrounding large screens -- watching movies together, playing video games -- in 20 years time? Palmer Lucky, the founder of Oculus VR, says no. He believes that over the next couple of decades the humble TV will become irrelevant.
"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," he said. "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."
After the advent of 1080p resolutions, it seemed like the TV market was struggling to find the next 'big thing', that gimmick that would convince Joe Public to shell out on a brand new television. 3DTVs were a failure on most levels, and the latest gimmick? Another leap in resolution to 4K televisions. Time will tell if that drives a whole new wave of adoption. I suspect it might, in a couple of years at least.
I find it difficult to imagine a world where televisions don't exists. It's a social thing, it elicits a feeling that's existed since cavemen sat around campfires. As good as VR technology gets -- and it's going to get very good -- I don't see it ever completely supplanting the humble TV. We'll always have need of a device like this I think.