Adding virtual reality to a roller coaster: Good idea, or nauseating? (The 3:59, Ep. 16)

Today, Roger and Ben focus on virtual reality, thrill rides and, uh, porn. Yes, porn.

Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile, 5G, Big Tech, Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng
Ben Fox Rubin

Virtual reality is going everywhere, including on roller coasters and the world of porn.

We're devoting the entire segment today to virtual reality. First up, we look at our London reporter Katie Collins' experience on the Galactica, the world's first VR roller coaster, out in the Alton Towers theme park in North England.

And yes, that's adding virtual reality elements to an actual roller coaster that shoots you up, down and all around. We share our thoughts about it.

Then there's porn. We try to keep a straight face as we talk about Pornhub's plans to offer free 360-degree porn video, which you can watch with a VR helmet.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng and CNET Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin.



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