Well, this is an unexpected turn of events. The VR company Oculus VR, which began as a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Oculus Rift, has been purchased by Facebook in a huge deal worth an estimated $2 billion.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the following in a statement:
“Oculus’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.
Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.
But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.”
Condemn (OR) Condone:
I’m pretty mixed on this news. This undoubtedly means that Oculus has a ton more money to work with, but at what cost? It sounds to me like Zuckerberg has a lot more planned for Oculus then what Oculus even intended, and hopefully that all doesn’t get in the way of gaming.
[Note] The judgments are the following:
Condemn – Hate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | Condone – Love