Five Years of VR: An Oral History from Oculus Rift to Quest 2

Oculus Rift launched in March 2016. Depending on who you ask, it’s “already” been five years or it’s “only” been five years since we shipped that first consumer VR headset.

Either way, two things seem more certain now (especially with Quest 2’s success) than they did then: VR is here to stay, and we have a long way to go. In the words of Facebook Reality Labs Chief Scientist Michael Abrash, “VR is something we haven’t seen in a very long time, which is a technology that is at the very beginning of what’s going to be a 50-year arc.” And where are we in that arc? Again, Abrash: “Quest 2 is great. It’s like the Apple II.”