On Tuesday 25th March Facebook announced that they have bought the emerging Virtual Reality hardware company for $2 Billion. This has caused quite a few rifts among developers and Kickstarter pledgers.
In Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post he stated the following, ‘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.’
He then went on to say, ‘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.’
After this news Notch (Markus Persson), the creator of Minecraft was quick to come out with this tweet: –
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
We have also seen a massive backlash from Kickstater Pledgers who are now demanding a refund on their Kickstarter page where it all began.
One angry backer commented, ‘I think we as backers have a right to the product too, and I’m not okay with my money being spent on technology that goes into the hands of Facebook.’
Another said, ‘I feel used. So frustrated right now. That is uncalled for…’
At first when I heard the news I was on the band wagon with everyone else. What the hell have Facebook got to do with this product? But then if you think about this more, Virtual reality is far more than just gaming. We have only seen it within this prism because that is all we have really pushed it for. Facebook is a communication based company and VR can easily be worked into this format.
I think this is a good a move for Oculus Rift, with the new VR headset from Sony (Project Morpheus) and rumors that Microsoft are also working on one, I feel this could be a the boost they needed before the titans come out to play.by