The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

Author:   Blake J. Harris
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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9780062455970


Pages:   592
Publication Date:   23 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality


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The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the bestselling author of Console Wars. From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey-then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer-invents a device that has the potential to change everything. With the help of a videogame legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey's scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don't quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned and neverending twists and turns-including an unlikely multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, which shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality. Drawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry.

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Author:   Blake J. Harris
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Imprint:   Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.612kg
ISBN:  

9780062455970


ISBN 10:   0062455974
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   23 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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A riveting story full of colorful characters... a fascinating, illuminating history... an essential read. -- <em><strong>Publishers Weekly</strong></em> A highly entertaining behind-the-scenes thriller. -- <em><strong>Kirkus Reviews</strong></em> Brilliant...masterful...a sprawling story filled with unforgettable characters. -- <em><strong>Forbes</strong></em> Like the pixels that together create a larger picture, Harris presents the various elements of the business in vivid color...remarkably detailed and fast paced. -- <em><strong>Booklist</strong></em> A must-read. Period. -- <em><strong>IGN</strong></em>


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Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is currently being adapted into a feature film by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Scott Rudin. He has written for ESPN, IGN, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, /Film and The AV Club. He is also a regular guest on Paul Scheer's How Did This Get Made? podcast, where every week he interviews some the biggest names responsible for some of the worst movies ever made. Harris lives in New York with his wife.

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