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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Silicon Avatar wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 00:27:
I think FB just bought a huge flop personally.

I know you guys want VR but if you have to wear anything on your face heavier than a pair of regular glasses you are running uphill with the mass market. Who wants to share one of those things either? They have to get sweaty after a while. Nasty.

When the dust is clear another company will have come along and hit everything square on the head. The race has just started and the competitors are just getting warmed up. By the time FB Rift fails some svelt developer with a gaming hardware background will have come along and outdone it anyway.

Carmack will only be there until he gets bored. He's rich and famous and generally well respected. He doesn't have to stick around anywhere he doesn't like.

The story here, IMO, is that VC guys are watching products on Kickstarter and plucking the freshest fruits. If you don't like spending your cash funding R&D and market development for some rich guy's future purchase, think twice about using Kickstarter. It's like loaning Sam Walton money to make Wal*Mart, only instead of company stock you want a can of beans.


My Oculus has been a hit at parties, so I don't know what your talking about. Yeah, it has high potential to be like the wii, collecting dust after a few months, but with that initial uptake nintendo laughed all the way to the bank. With facebook attached... I don't know if that is a positive or a negative for adoption.

Kickstarter to aquisition though - yeah that's definitely ugly. I am going to think twice in future about funding something that could potentially be sold off.
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