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Old 03-25-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Facebook Buys Oculus VR

Sad news today as Facebook has purchased Oculus VR. Great for its founder, but bad news for gamers as Facebook has slowly been becoming more and more of a terrible force in this world.

Joystiq, the land of misery, has the details.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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Absolutely can not stand Facebook.

Oculus Rift is pretty much off of the radar for me for the time being.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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That's one hell of an april fools prank on the gaming community if not true.
I wonder how Carmack took the news he is becoming a Facebook slave now.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But when you consider it more carefully, we’re culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.

Most important, Facebook understands the potential for VR. Mark and his team share our vision for virtual reality’s potential to transform the way we learn, share, play, and communicate. Facebook is a company that believes that anything is possible with the right group of people, and we couldn’t agree more.

This partnership is one of the most important moments for virtual reality: it gives us the best shot at truly changing the world. It opens doors to new opportunities and partnerships, reduces risk on the manufacturing and work capital side, allows us to publish more made-for-VR content, and lets us focus on what we do best: solving hard engineering challenges and delivering the future of VR.
Shrug, have to see how this plays out. Does seem like a crazy partnership. Wonder if Zuckerberg sees it as an answer to Google Glass and whatever tech that might spawn.

Here's another link with the Zuckerberg press release -- http://kotaku.com/facebook-buys-ocul...ion-1551487939

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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.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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I understand why Facebook was interested. The non-gaming applications will be numerous/have a big impact on our lives, it will all be part of a new growth industry. That said, this sucks. Within the domain of companies that might be interested in such technology, I can't think of a worse one at the helm going forward than Facebook.
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Update: In a blog post, the Oculus team lists its reasons for entering into this seemingly odd partnership: "At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But when you consider it more carefully, we're culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.

"Most important, Facebook understands the potential for VR. Mark and his team share our vision for virtual reality's potential to transform the way we learn, share, play, and communicate. "
Communicate by blinking with my eyelids? lol
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What actually happened was:

*Mark watched Oculus demo*

Mark: I want one of those.

Someone: Sir, you can't have that, they haven't launched anything yet. It is but a prototype.

Mark: Then I want that prototype.

Someone: You can't, they won't sell you the prototype.

Mark: We will see about that...

*Mark buys whole fricking company because they didn't want to sell him a proto*
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Serious stuff, now.

I REALLY hope other companies manage to design another, just as good, product for VR.

I won't buy shit from Mark.
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At least they will have the money to beat Sony in the VR game now. Still annoying.
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I just can't think of anything Facebook has done right in the last few years. Especially since they went public. All their moves seem to be less for the consumer and more for themselves. You have to at least give your consumers some benefit in using your service. I take solace in the fact that the youth of today are apparently uninterested in Facebook.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:44 PM   #11
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At least they will have the money to beat Sony in the VR game now. Still annoying.
I heard some developers talking about Morpheus. I guess using the playstation maracas you can independently control your arms in the demos as well. Apparently it is slick. I haven't read more into it myself but sounds like that could be useful.
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