The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality device that is currently available only for video game developers, but could soon be found everywhere for $300. It delivers some of the world's most realistic VR—think first-person shooters, mountain climbing, car racing, etc. And in a recent New York Times test-run, reporter Nick Bilton said he found its output incredibly immersive, with only one major problem. "When people tried early virtual reality prototypes, they typically felt sick after playing for even a short period. The term game designers use to describe this feeling is 'simulation sickness,' and it can occur because your brain and your body are confused."
So there are some kinks to work out. But if the Oculus Rift can improve, it represents pants-wettingly exciting possibilities for the future of entertainment. For instance: the makers want to one day give you the ability to walk around a room and interact with shit while wearing VR googles. They want to build the Star Trek holodeck.
Obviously, I think the device is pretty fucking interesting. And after reading the Times article and falling down a YouTube rabbit hole, I discovered this test run. It's the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis, the same guys responsible for the "Fox Song," making an acrophobic guy ride a VR roller coaster. Enjoy.