Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled

Facebook has acquired Oculus, paying a reported $2 billion for the virtual reality startup, which Forbes says is $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock, and the deal includes another potential $300 in incentives. "Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate." There's some immediate fallout from this as Markus "notch" Persson tweets (thanks nin via Joystiq) that this has ended the possibility of an Oculus version of Minecraft: "We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out."
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Chatrooms are coming back. Mark my words this is for VR chatrooms and meetings. Kids are always moving to social networks that are hidden away from their parents. A virtual chatroom where you could possibly appear however you wanted and possibly make invite only? People would eat that up. I know second life in a way already has that covered but that's the wild west and has a high technical bar for entry. This would be a controlled and branded experienced.

Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, whatever want to get in early on VR. Sure the unit is bulky today but the ratio of bulk to picture quality is the best it's been yet and is only going to get better. Same reason these companies are snapping up drones and robotics. They just want to get out ahead of everything. But yeah, I would've definitely preferred to see Microsoft or Google get Oculus Rift.


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