"Do you still think high-end VR will go mass market when Oculus can't even interest the average consumer in a free demo?"
Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US, Business Insider has learned. The scaling back of Facebook's first big retail push for VR comes after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told BI that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration. An internal memo seen by BI and sent to affected employees said the closings were because of "store performance."
For the company's sake, for instance, I hope Linden Lab's board is asking that of CEO Ebbe Altberg today. Every answer VR evangelists usually give in the face of skepticism falls short:
"The market will be interested when the headsets get less bulky!" If they're not even interested in wearing them for five minutes, what makes you think a less heavy headset will make a difference?
"Mass adoption depends on great content!" Surely there's more than enough content now for a five minute demo?
"Consumers are just waiting for the price to come down!" Dude, they're not even waiting for a free demo.
Maybe I'm missing a clever way to wriggle out of the hard reality VR now faces?