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Facebook Buys Oculus VR, The Internet Freaks Out

Posted by , 26 March 2014 at 11:26 am UTC / 15130 views
So, you all heard about Facebook buying Oculus Rift right? I considered doing an article last night, but I decided to let my own and everyone else's hot heads cool down a bit.

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You should all know my thoughts on VR by now, I don't like it and it is as simple as that. I don't want to strap some big ugly device to my face and block out anyone else in the room to play a game. I don't know anyone else if my own circle that want to either regardless of what platform they game on, they simply don't want to.

Anyway, Facebook has purchased Oculus VR for 2 BILLION DOLLARS and a wave of developers have already cancelled their Oculus Rift games.

Oculus' own blog comments say it all, their first and top voted comment is:
QuoteDO NOT WANT.
That is the first comment you can see on it.

It has led figures such as Notch to outright cancel Minecraft on the Rift:

A funny fact is that John Carmack who previously worked for id Software (Doom, Quake, Rage) moved to Oculus VR, he now works for Facebook because of it.
Sadly though, this won't mean much as their entire indie "cred" has vanished with the announcement. Facebook is interested in gaining users and monetizing them and nothing more. Selling VR kits to gamers will not be even close to the top of their "things to do with Oculus" list.

Simon Roth, the developer of Maia put it quite well:
His comments also align with Notch's blog post where notch stated:
NotchAnd I did not chip in ten grand to seed a first investment round to build value for a Facebook acquisition.

Say goodbye to VR as we knew it, or rather as we didn't know it since the consumer devices weren't even out yet.

Oculus needs to do some major damage control.
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Данило 26 March 2014 at 1:50 pm UTC
liam : You should all know my thoughts on VR by now, I don't like it and it is as simple as that. I don't want to strap some big ugly device to my face and block out anyone else in the room to play a game. I don't know anyone else if my own circle that want to either regardless of what platform they game on, they simply don't want to.


I couldn't agree more to this point. I don't wear headsets for same reasons.

As for everything else, I am confused with all the rage. Maybe because I one of the few who never joined the social media movement and so don't feel anything towards facebook other than it's an apparent waste of time. I do game, which is also a waste of time but it doesn't mess with lives or portray falsities as truths in the same way. Or maybe it's because I didn't back this product because I never wanted it. The game people backing out would actually make me made at them. If it's a privacy concern, have you met the U.S.? They probably have your laptop lens photographing you as you sit there. Use google, yahoo or microsoft products? It's sorta just redundant spying at that point. Anyhow please help me understand the rage part, I don't get.
Pankake 26 March 2014 at 1:51 pm UTC
Oculus Rift was one of the most awaited things ever for me, I love the idea of seeing my favourite universes and characters face to face, but now I don't know how it's gonna turn out. I hope FB is gonna prove me wrong, but I'm still sceptical.
WorMzy 26 March 2014 at 2:02 pm UTC
I don't get the excitement or need for VR in the first place.

Facebook taking over Oculus is no big loss as far as I'm concerned.
scaine 26 March 2014 at 2:12 pm UTC
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WorMzyI don't get the excitement or need for VR in the first place.

Facebook taking over Oculus is no big loss as far as I'm concerned.

If you ever got a chance to try it, you'd understand. It's fundamentally a new experience. Really, really game-changing. I was same - very sceptical. Then I tried it and if I'd had $300 there and then, I'd have bought one. Simple as that. It's that amazing.

Or rather, it /will be/ that amazing, because there are still a few kinks to iron out.
loggfreak 26 March 2014 at 2:20 pm UTC
razer responded to notch 'perhaps we can help out. Will be in touch.'
https://twitter.com/minliangtan/status/448606945272803328
so now there's going to be a VR-headset thats overhyped AND overpriced, were all doomed
Maokei 26 March 2014 at 2:34 pm UTC
Guess ill be rooting for valve and their VR kit, as for occulus it looks like they have stabbed the community in the face.
Plop 26 March 2014 at 2:56 pm UTC
You may like VR or not, I think it will have a huge impact in the future (not only for gaming). So I was quite optimistic about support for Valves Steam Machines and Linux. Now that everyone is disappointed by this move and withdraw their support it may play into Sonys hands for their PS4 VR device which probably won't be available for Steam Machines.. So I hope that Valve continues to make their own device now
Orkultus 26 March 2014 at 3:15 pm UTC
Found something about Zuckerberg. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg
Rose 26 March 2014 at 3:30 pm UTC
I would try and order Oculus Rift as soon as it'd come out but not anymore. Facebook is nothing but a greedy corporation. What makes this news even worse is that the founder of Oculus says Facebook are "champions of open hardware and software". There's no recovering from the pile of crap Oculus is in now.
Anonymous 26 March 2014 at 4:05 pm UTC
I know why they made this move since most of their team dreams of bringing Snow Crash to life and Facebook has everything they need to make a huge virtual social space like that a reality.

But I don't trust Facebook with my information and certainly wouldn't trust living in a virtual world of their creation. This also burnt any bridges they had with the community that had supported them up until this point.
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