Games Over: Virtual Reality’s Future Is in Healing

Phil Chen, founder of what became the HTC Vive, one of the first attempts at a mass-market virtual reality headset, has a surprising assessment of the technology he once worked to popularize.

“I’m not a big fan of what’s going on in the consumer entertainment space,” he said in an interview in his office overlooking Hong Kong’s harbor. On the other hand, he said, there is significant potential for VR for certain commercial applications, including health care.

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“Augmented reality has that promise,” he said. “But we’re not talking this year or the next three years.”

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‘The mobile phone is the biggest agent that will bring along AR because all the components are commoditized.’