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Old 25-03-14, 11:04 PM
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Facebook acquires Oculus VR

Seemingly out of the blue Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of social media website Facebook, has announced his company's acquisition of Oculus VR - the makers of Oculus Rift for 2 Billion Dollars.



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I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.

Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about. We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we're in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences.

This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you're actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it's different from anything they've ever experienced in their lives.

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.

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.

These are just some of the potential uses. By working with developers and partners across the industry, together we can build many more. One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.

Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can't wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us.
Source - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

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Old 25-03-14, 11:18 PM
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Sad times! This is going to be used and abused now... the Failbook world domination continues.
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Old 25-03-14, 11:25 PM
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Lol byee.

In my opinion, it was destined to fail anyway, kinda ahead of it's time with no real way of making a UHD version without it costing too much. Sony are doing one as well so maybe it could have been cheaper.

In a positive light though, this could give them an extra cash boost and the Rift might be better than before .
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Old 25-03-14, 11:26 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure FB will put gaming first...
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Old 25-03-14, 11:26 PM
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i just died inside, not just a little. well, that's gone now, when is carmack leaving?
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Old 25-03-14, 11:32 PM
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Errhh yeah, I'm not happy with this. Facebook is getting less popular (or at least for the youth (look at me talking like an old man)) so now they're just buying other things and integrating Facebook with everything. I hope this is not the case with Rift.

Even if they don't integrate Fb into it, do we really want one company/person owning *that* many other companies?
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Even if they don't integrate Fb into it, do we really want one company/person owning *that* many other companies?
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Seems a bit of a strange purchase for FB, they don't exactly have anything to do with the gaming industry and have no interest in game development.

I bet they have a virtual FB in mind, you will be able to enter a virtual "forest" or whatever and hangout with your friends in the virtual world of FB
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Seems a bit of a strange purchase for FB, they don't exactly have anything to do with the gaming industry and have no interest in game development.

I bet they have a virtual FB in mind, you will be able to enter a virtual "forest" or whatever and hangout with your friends in the virtual world of FB
A few years ago that would have been cool. These days, for me at least, that experience would be depressing as all hell.
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