James Cameron, director of Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, and... Avatar, is none too impressed by the new virtual reality tech on the market, saying "There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly.”
Cameron’s famed for looking to new technologies to enhance his films but he doesn’t think VR tech is “mature” enough to use yet.
"Oculus Rift is fine, it’s got a good display and that sort of thing,
"The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR and what will that be?" Cameron told Hollywood Reporter.
We’ve been singing the praises of Oculus Rift for years now, as have most of the games industry, so it’s strange to hear someone so unimpressed by today’s VR technology. Though, it’s important to remember he’s talking about how VR will affect film.
"What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just ‘I can stand and look around.’ If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a videogame, it’s been around forever."
But isn’t it possible that VR will see more crossover between games and film?