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Oculus Rift lets students take virtual tours of 5 colleges

The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift has excited the video game world, but an online company that specializes in college tours is demonstrating the wider potential of immersive virtual reality.

“Matching up such a cool, seemingly futuristic technological experience with Yale’s neo-gothic campus might seem like a strange combination, but I found they fit together perfectly,” Mark Dunn, Yale’s director of outreach and recruitment, said in an e-mail.

[…] that could be a boon for high school students – and their parents – who face the big decision about choosing the right college to attend.

Last week, Oculus started shipping the second generation of Rift prototypes for developers to work on virtual reality applications, but the company has not said when it will sell a consumer-ready product.

[…] the Rift provides a better feel for what it’s like to stand in the middle of a school’s library or in the quad, which could become one more factor high school students might consider when they are narrowing their college choices.