The Last Screen


I recently received an Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset. Supposedly it’s because I’m testing stuff for work, but really it’s just one of the coolest things ever.

Though I’d been in a VR environment before, in tradeshow demos and in phone-based headsets of the Google Cardboard variety, the sound has never been right. So much of what we intuitively know about our surroundings subtly and subconsciously amounts to psychoacoustics. This is the first headset that sounds good to me, and the visuals are way better than anything I’ve seen before too. 90 frames per second? Sure, that’ll do nicely.

I took to the environment very quickly. Things just make sense to me in VR in a way that’s hard to describe. I’m no whiz with the controllers just yet, still struggling to juggle virtual blocks in the land of make believe. But the logic of the different environments is something that I’m instantly at ease and yet entertained by. Maybe it’s all my improv training, I don’t know. I just know I like it!

So basically I put on the goggles and never wanted to take them off again. Especially in a year like 2020, the virtual world kinda has more going for it, y’know?

But the thought that occurred to me within 5min was “this is the last screen I’m ever gonna buy”. I don’t want to go back to looking at monitors or computers or screens like the iPad I’m typing this on right now. I want a virtual screen instead. Why would I ever get a bulky, 2D device when I can have the infinity of variation and quality that is a 3D headset? There’s no reason I’d want that, other than a communal experience with others in a physical space. Although why settle for that when I can have a communal experience with others all over the world?

It’s not easy to explain all this to someone without a frame of reference. So let me close by saying that you should never, ever put on a high-quality VR headset. Don’t do it! Because if you do, you might end up like me. I never want to settle for anything less ever again ;)

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