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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Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
Mar 27, 2014, 12:12
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Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 27, 2014, 12:12
Mar 27, 2014, 12:12
 Quboid
 
Fair points, Scheherazade. I don't really know what he means by peripheral versus dedicated system, I certainly want it to remain open to all but if they decide that integrating sound is better than us using our own headphones, I would expect them to have their reasons and hear them out, no pun intended.

This is looking longer term than I was, which I've stated in the past but should have made clear in the post you quoted. The future of Oculus was always up in the air and I thought this was inevitable at some point - I'm just surprised by who (not a hardware company) and when (no products released).

With that in mind, I've always been looking at the Oculus Rift in the fairly short term (the next 5 years) and what it leads to with VR in general in the longer term. Whether the Rift would have been relevant in 5 or 10 years was never a big concern personally. Their grass roots were all very lovely and I still wish them well but they've sold my goodwill and any bit of brand loyalty I may have had.

This takeover has accelerated my feeling that the Rift will lose relevance (now more like 2 or 3 years). If they close it off, if they include headphones so they can justify charging more rather than for virtual presence reasons, if they make you sign into Facebook, etc, I will replacing my ageing Oculus Rift CV1 with someone else's VR headset. I just want Facebook to not screw this up until they get a consumer version or two released.

I wouldn't expect Sony to be particularly open with their system either but I could see someone like Razer or Logitech jumping in with 2 feet and catering to the enthusiast market.


Creston wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 11:54:
Yes, cliffyb, I'm sure Notch is EXTREMELY worried about what your irrelevant ass thinks of him.

He's not wrong. I don't expect Notch cares much but IMHO Notch does look a bit childish here.
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