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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Mar 26, 2014, 17:42
Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 17:42
Mar 26, 2014, 17:42
 
Fang wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:09:
It's of some comfort to me that it's not MS, Google, Valve or worst of all, Apple. These are companies used to hardware who are more likely to think that they know best. I hope the owner of Oculus VR realises that their best bet is to stay the hell out of the way and Facebook are IMHO the most likely to do that.

After sleeping on it, I agree completely with you.

Oculus had to sell to someone. Sony was coming to eat their lunch. Palmer reads and posts extensively at reddit. This was posted on March 20th, at reddit which he most likely saw:

Reddit Sony Leak

Interestingly enough, Palmer has said that it took them 5 days of negotiations to do the deal with Facebook, which means the same day this was posted they began the process.

Why did Facebook want to buy Oculus? To ensure there was a PC VR option. Otherwise, Sony would have eaten everything, and VR as we know it would be console exclusive and in Sony's walled garden. Facebook would be left out in the cold since they would have pushed Playstation Plus. Why use Facebook when you can connect with all of your friends and see them on Sony's Farmville VR?

Facebook just saved PC VR, and their future. If you are a PC gamer, this is the only solution that I can think of that will see mainstream VR adoption for PCs. Who else could Oculus have sold to that could have competed with Sony? Apple? Microsoft? They would have all insisted on walled gardens for their hardware, just like Sony. The other two tech giants are Amazon (virtual storefronts? not required for the future of the company) and Google.

Ultimately, it probably came down to Google and Facebook as viable options. Google has invested in Augmented Reality instead of Virtual Reality, whereas Facebook needs it to stay relevant. Google just didnt need Oculus, whereas Facebook did.

I get some of this.

If VR is going to dominate, it would be on the PC sooner rather than later no matter OR or not. It's not like one company is just going to own something as big as what they envision, like one company owning all of TV was never in the cards. So lets say Sony beat OR to the market, there still wasn't a PC answer, OR (non-facebook) would still have been that. The Ps4 may have had an answer, but the PC didn't and that is what we are waiting on. However if the PS4 system will be all that, perhaps a console could be in my future as well.

What it does show me, is the effect is amazing otherwise Sony would run from it instead of go gaga over it. It's good to hear Sony is going the full 10 yards, their previous offerings were rudimentary.

This was a shocker, but in the end if it goes favorably towards gaming, it can all still workout. We'll see.

This comment was edited on Mar 26, 2014, 17:49.
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