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What inroads will virtual reality make in TV, communications?

Media | 03/29/2016 9:37 pm EDT

This week is a long-awaited one for virtual reality enthusiasts, as Facebook Inc. starts to ship its Oculus Rift headset to people who pre-ordered their $599 US devices as far in advance as early January. While in the short term, VR technology is likely to make its biggest inroads among gamers, television and video conferencing could start taking place in virtual reality, too. The Oculus Rift joins an increasingly crowded VR marketplace, which already includes Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s $139.99 Gear VR, also made by Facebook’s Oculus, and lower-budget options like Google...