The makers of virtual reality headsets and content may still be waiting for consumers to fall for the medium as a full-fledged entertainment option, but one guy in a viral Facebook video is ahead of the curve — at least when it comes to the falling part.
Plenty of users have no doubt stumbled and probably even hit the deck while becoming disoriented inside of a VR world. Capturing video of that happening might even pass as more entertaining than what can be seen inside the headset.
George Takei, Facebook’s resident sharer of stuff that makes us laugh, posted a video credited to the video feed Jukin Media in which a man is seen trying out an Oculus headset inside a Microsoft store. The video has been viewed 8.5 million times.
The man is playing a game in which he is climbing some sort of cliff or mountain. He does a check of the ground to see how high up he is and as he’s reaching to climb higher, the man falls face first to the real-world floor. A Microsoft employee contains her laughter long enough to ask the man if he’s OK, which he says he is as he gets back to his feet.
Perhaps the strangest part of the entire scene occurs in the background, as Facebook commenters point out on Takei’s page. Watch for two Microsoft workers who rise from behind a counter when they hear the crash and then descend again after assessing the situation.
Reality wins again.