oculus rift vr headset late show jimmy fallon

The Oculus Rift VR headset made a guest appearance on the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and we’ve got the video for you. Oculus Inc. has posted a few photos of the production factory and Johnny Chung Lee visiting the offices. We also recap CES 2013 awards received by the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Rift on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Unfortunately no one from Oculus Inc. was on the show themselves. Instead, the company apparently entrusted The Verge’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky, with what appeared to be the same handmade prototype that the company showed at CES 2013 last month.

Topolsky is a frequent guest on the Late Night Show. He brought the Oculus Rift along with a few other gadgets for Fallon and the audience to see:

While it’s unfortunate that they spent hardly any time talking about or using the Oculus Rift, it’s a very positive sign for VR headsets, and virtual reality in general, to get exposure to a mainstream audience. Fallon’s reaction was pretty wild; if Oculus Inc. is lucky, they may be receiving some calls from other important folks who want to show the unit on-air.

On the company’s official Facebook page, Oculus Inc. posted this photo of the case in which the prototype traveled from California to New York for the show:

oculus rift vr headset prototype suit case
Inside we can see two prototypes, the control box, a GPU, PC power supply, and what appears to be a massive CPU heatsink.

Production Factory Photos

Also on their Facebook page, Oculus Inc. released two behind-the-scenes photos of the factory. According to a preliminary timeline released back in November, the factory would be in the pre-production phase when the photos were taken. In pre-production, a small batch of units are made for final proofing before mass production begins. Here we can see a batch of Oculus Rift headtrackers (formerly called the ‘Adjacent Reality’ IMU), as well as part of the casing which will likely house the lenses.

SEE ALSO
This is What a Vision Pro Competitor From Meta Could Look Like

Johnny Chung Lee Visits Oculus

Oculus also shared some photos from late December of Johnny Chung Lee stopping by the office to take the Oculus Rift for a spin:

Lee is a well know human-computer interaction researcher. He received his PhD in HCI from Caniegie Mellon University and is known around the web for hacking together incredible HCI experiences from affordable hardware. Currently Lee is working in Google’s semi-secret ‘X’ lab, where Google Glass is being developed, as a “Rapid Evaluator.”

CES Awards and Honors

oculus rift best of ces awards

CES 2013 was huge for the Oculus Rift. If the company wasn’t already on the map, they are now. Virtually every major site was abuzz about the Rift and it was lathered with awards and honors. In naming the Oculus Rift best-in-show, The Verge editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky, sounded genuinely blown-away:

The Oculus Rift changed my life. No, seriously. My childhood (at least the formative years) was spent reading novels like Neuromancer and Snow Crash, and poring over stories about a future promised by Mondo 2000 and Wired. Virtual reality has long been the ultimate promise of technology — the magic mandala, a doorway to the infinite. But the thing is: it never happened. We got touchscreens, motion sensors, the tablet revolution, body-hacking… but we never got our cyberdecks. Until now. The Oculus Rift actually delivers on the promise, and then some. It’s really, really amazing. Truly and honestly a revelation, a trip, a rabbit hole. And I’m going in. Forever. Goodbye universe. Hello universe.

Here’s a recap of awards:

SEE ALSO
Meta CTO: Android XR Rejected Due to Google's "restrictive" Terms & Plans to Fragment XR

That’s all for this edition of Oculus Rift News Bits. You can see all of the latest Oculus Rift news here.

Newsletter graphic

This article may contain affiliate links. If you click an affiliate link and buy a product we may receive a small commission which helps support the publication. More information.


Ben is the world's most senior professional analyst solely dedicated to the XR industry, having founded Road to VR in 2011—a year before the Oculus Kickstarter sparked a resurgence that led to the modern XR landscape. He has authored more than 3,000 articles chronicling the evolution of the XR industry over more than a decade. With that unique perspective, Ben has been consistently recognized as one of the most influential voices in XR, giving keynotes and joining panel and podcast discussions at key industry events. He is a self-described "journalist and analyst, not evangelist."
  • @everybody who’s not in the US, that video is definitely not worth watching, so don’t bother going through a lot of VPN trouble to watch it :P Seriously, they have the most amazing hardware lined up… and they go through it in 5 freaking minutes… that’s the mainstream media for you :P

  • New

    Saw it. A bit sad that they went through it so fast but it was good to see that Fallon was taken back by the experience and even said it was a game changer.