Worldmap Edition: Decades of VR with Ben Kuchera

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Today, we’re joined by Ben Kuchera, who’s been reporting on virtual reality for years. Before that, he was an enthusiast for the technology, back when he used to play terrible VR arcade games.

Ben recently got a chance to spend several hours in what he called “a sort of church for virtual reality,” playing with virtual worlds that Valve and HTC’s Vive makes possible. On this episode of Talkgamer Minimap: Worldmap Edition, Ben takes us on a decades-long tour of VR, the Vive’s games and a deep dive into the differences between the Valve’s VR and its main competitor, the Oculus Rift.

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