RE­MEM­BER VIR­TUAL RE­AL­ITY? ITS BUZZ HAS FADED AT CES 2019

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— Just a few years ago, vir­tual re­al­ity was poised to take over the world. Af­ter decades of near misses, the revo­lu­tion fi­nally seemed im­mi­nent, with slick con­sumer head­sets about to hit the mar­ket and in­dus­tries from gam­ing and en­ter­tain­ment to so­cial me­dia ready to hop on the band­wagon.

But the buzz over VR has faded to a whis­per. At the CES 2019 tech show in Las Ve­gas, Face­book’s Ocu­lus unit isn’t hold­ing any glitzy press events, just closed-door demos for its up­com­ing Ocu­lus Quest, a $399 un­teth­ered head­set due out in the spring. Other VR com­pa­nies are sim­i­larly sub­dued. HTC an­nounced two new head­sets — one with only sketchy de­tails — while Sony has some kiosks for its $300 PlayS­ta­tion VR set in the main hall.

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