Facebook acquires Oculus Rift

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by PolarBearTC, Mar 25, 2014.

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Is this a good thing or bad thing

  1. Awesome news. Just what the industry needed.

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  2. This is a nail in the coffin for VR. Facebook will ruin the best hope we had and no one will care.

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  1. PolarBearTC

    PolarBearTC PSLS Level: Newbie

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    Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 Billion. A week after GDC and Sony's announcement of Project Morpheus, Virtual Reality gets another huge boost in publicity with the very big news that you will soon be able to play Farmville in virtual reality.


    Press Release
    http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/03/facebook-to-acquire-oculus/


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    Oculus VR Team (courtesy of Polygon)

    Comments from Mark Zuckerberg
     
  2. Lifewish

    Lifewish 중재자 Staff Member

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    So what, will we get to virtually post messages to our timeline through the matrix? I think FB will ruin this and I don't see the point in the purchase.
     
  3. BigPete7978

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    Wow did not see this one coming. Wondering how they will use the purchase. Should be interesting. Granted I don't play a lot of Facebook games, I'm still curious what they will do with their purchase.
     
  4. PolarBearTC

    PolarBearTC PSLS Level: Newbie

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    Doesn't have to be "Facebook" games, but as a service and platform, Facebook will definitely help get it into the mainstream. Not that the two groups (Facebook gamers and OVR gamers) overlap too much....
     
  5. Jacky

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    they'll probably make it so it does fb only shit.
     
  6. MakaiOokami

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    I don't see Oculus Rift really working too well. Too much variability on PCs.

    Consoles will do it way better. The hardware is standard so you don't have to worry about someone using an i3 or an i5 or an i7 or a bulldozer, or an outdated i7 with less hyperthreading capabilities etc.

    plus the Project Morpheus uses the camera for motion input. I hear that Oculus rift has a slight delay and they keep releasing updated hardware while people are developing for it, and it's messing up development by trying to keep cramming in all the new features asap. I also hear it craps out when you try and do 360 degrees and the tech demos aren't ready for primetime.

    Meanwhile Sony has stuff peopel already want to buy as a demo, they say it works basically flawless, and it starts messing with their ability to differentiate the experience from reality.

    So I"m voting for option 3. Sony will do it better.

    I think the Oculus Rift will actually benefit from Facebook taking over. I dont' think they can do any worse to it. They dont' have a solid vision, they aren't following through, and they don't have the money for the proper development of software. Facebook can do all of that.
     
  7. MakaiOokami

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    The point is Mark Zuckerberg is a geeky kid, who has billions. That's the point. I mean we're talking about the same guy who thinks in billions, and threw 17 billion at a messaging app that's never made any money with a company of 50 employees.
     
  8. Arthur Sataine

    Arthur Sataine PSLS Level: Bronze PSLS Ambassador

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    I think facebook will ruin the Oculus, not VR itself. Now I'm looking to Sony more than ever to pioneer this advancement in the gaming sector.
     
  9. MakaiOokami

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    The Oculus seemed ruined already. Without a standardized hardware attempt, people won't know if it works on their computer properly until after they've thrown up.
     
  10. PolarBearTC

    PolarBearTC PSLS Level: Newbie

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    Sony is doing something right - I like the idea of it being HDMI and USB (with a breakout box to split it to a TV). It's simple and doesn't require a battery pack or external power supply. Oculus should DEFINITELY be able to make a more consumer friendly version quicker, not just because of the money that Facebook just dumped into it, but also the people. They've been scooping up big names from the industry, most recently the top guys at Valve who were working on their own VR headset. I think that basically killed any chance Valve had at making it to market.

    Its between Sony and Oculus/Facebook now, IMO. Microsoft has their plans, but this new CEO and Xbox's new chief might want to stay out of that business and stick with what they know. Gaming isn't their 1st priority with the One, and VR is pretty much only for gaming.
     
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  11. Chandler Wood

    Chandler Wood Get Off My Wood Staff Member

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    I believe that Facebook will be able to bring mass appeal to Oculus by funding it very well, and in turn will make Sony's VR solution all the more popular.
     
  12. chichi

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    I think the people on the internet are over reacting to this story. Lets just wait and see what will happen before we judge it. Remeber, Occulus Rift is also designed for general PC use (VR tours of Mars and Paris) not just gaming use. and if ever occulus fails the gaming community we still have project morpheus.

    but personally i still don't like the idea of vr head set.
     
  13. Arthur Sataine

    Arthur Sataine PSLS Level: Bronze PSLS Ambassador

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    That is why I think facebook will ruin Oculus as a gaming peripheral. They will use it to browse webpages and see those annoying game invites even closer to your face. Not to mention the ads. Granted, they may have actually done some planning for additional content. To me, Google would have been a better option. Seeing locales on my Wii U with the Gamepad was pretty awesome. Imagine them doing that for Google Earth with a VR headset.
     
  14. PolarBearTC

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    I think it's safe to assume Facebook didn't buy Oculus so you could browse their site in VR...
     
  15. Arthur Sataine

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    We'll just see about that.
     
  16. MakaiOokami

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    Why do people assume that Mark Zuckerberg has rhymes or reasons?

    He doesn't. He's young, he's rich, he buys shit he thinks is cool. Oculus Rift for 2 bil, instagram for 1 bil, what's app for 17 bil.

    This is why the Google founders had someone run the company for the first 5 years or how ever long it was. Mark is just a kid in a candy store and money is no object. I give it another 5 years before Facebook is gone.
     
  17. Chandler Wood

    Chandler Wood Get Off My Wood Staff Member

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    Facebook is public now though. Zuck has to answer to a board of directors and investors. This is so much more than just Zuck tossing around money. It's turning into an investment capital business. If they can play their cards right, they could get into business along the likes of other large venture capital businesses that invest in promising companies in hopes of improving them and turning a profit. It's an investment. Instagram is doing great still, Facebook is still very alive and well, and What's App has been improving with it's massively increased investment. It's strategic business.
     
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  18. josh fernandes

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    To me it seems that Facebook is just trying to diversify their brand. I don't think they want the future of the company dependent on a single social media website.
     
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  19. MakaiOokami

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    They are doing great but are they turning a profit? Billions in profit?

    Companies waste time all the time. Share holders, stock, none of that means a damn thing. The only thing it does mean, is that companies are legally allowed to screw us, and are financially culpable if they don't. What's App is 50 employees. They could have gotten 1 billion or half a billion and been fine. Instead they got a total of 2 dollars for every person on this planet or so. Before the buy off they have never been popular. Are they going to average 2 dollars a person in the world? I mean they have half a billion users. They need 36 dollars per person worth of monetization per user just to break even...
     
  20. darkforcegod

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    I dont know what to think about this Oculus issue. We shall see in the future.
     

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