Facebook Acquires Oculus VR
Is it April Fool’s Day? Surely, it must be. No? Ok then. Well, here we go.
Mark Zuckerberg announced today via Facebook post (naturally) that Facebook has “agreed to acquire Oculus VR”. He states,
Our mission is to make the world more open and connected…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.
Just what more does Zuckerberg think is left to do?
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.
No doubt, people who have experienced the Rift for themselves come away impressed, more so with the most recent iteration. However, will the gaming-focused core of Oculus be compromised by this move. Zuckerberg says this is not the case.
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.
Zuckerberg states that they want to help Oculus keep that focus on gaming while also helping to “build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games.”
Oculus will continue to operate independently of Facebook, alleviating fears many have expressed. Zuckerberg sees Oculus as a platform and foresees some additional use-cases.
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 pretty shocking news to all, this author included. What do you guys think?