Virtual FridayVirtual Reality (VR) technology has been causing a huge buzz at electronics and gaming events like E3 for many years. This year was bigger than ever for VR with new gadgets and devices that are sure to wow future consumers.

Sony and Oculus VR have not yet announced any plans to launch their respective headsets. However, this has not stopped either company from advertising their devices at the 2014 E3 in Los Angeles. As a result, many software developers are champing at the bit for these devices to be available for development.

One notable device at this year’s E3 is the Virtuix Omni, which is a 360-degree treadmill that will be used with the Oculus Rift VR headset. The Omni utilizes a low-friction surface for users to walk on while they wear special shoes to slide across the platform.

Software publishers such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts have confirmed that they are testing a variety of VR-related software. The Chief Strategy Officer of FunPlus, a social gaming company, noted that VR currently faces substantial challenges. These same challenges are common with any new hardware platform or peripheral. VR needs to get over that initial hump by producing a game that inspires consumers to rush to the stores to purchase the equipment needed to play it.

The fact that Facebook has hired a top VR expert to work with their acquired Oculus VR headset is an exciting development. This will certainly help Facebook make strides in this industry. However, only time will tell how they fare with the acquisition of Oculus.

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