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Oculus Rift sold to the wrong company
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Posted 3/26/14 , edited 3/26/14
There's no way any of you would turn down 2 billion dollars from Facebook or anyone (Microsoft, Google, etc.). The main people involved in Oculus can retire reasonably young at some point and not do a damn thing for the rest of their lives.

They won't worry about having enough food.
They will live in nice houses.
They will drive expensive cars.
They will never worry about the cost of health care.
They will travel where ever they want.

They will sleep in. Everyday.

Even if it's broken into 100 million per executive, they still won't have to do anything for the rest of their lives if they live within reason.

Think about that for a minute.
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Posted 3/26/14
does this mean ill be able to see facebook friends irl with out leaving my house one day?
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Posted 3/26/14 , edited 3/26/14
Saw it on Roosterteeth's "Know" YouTube, and found that ti's possibly going to be used for education... I kinda resent this for some reason lol.
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Posted 3/26/14 , edited 3/26/14

Shavark wrote:


koji8123 wrote:


Shavark wrote:
The Oculus rift won't change. If anything it will get better.


And that's where you're wrong. I kind of wish that I was that optimistic about Facebook though.


I just don't know. what could they POSSIBLY do.

They just blew 2 Billion dollars on this. This is a lot of money to give to the oculus rift team who are still working on the project even after being bought out.


Facebook could only do so much. IF there is ever any sort of intergration with facebook There would be so much commotion that there will be an On/Off option.


a few years down the line (5-10) I could possibly see facebook allowing VR connection just like they did with webcams.

But, I mean. Really, what could that possibly do to make it worse, Shove the rift dev team more money?

Honestly, I wouldn't mind talking about it.

What would be some MAJOR cons, and some MAJOR pros.


Look at Facebook as a publisher, and the OR team as the developers. Thats how I see it anyways.


You're right but the major concern among others is that facebook in itself has its dependency on its marketing model. The company entire business model is based on advertising (like google).

If indeed the buyout purely means an investment boost to the technology allowing it to compete better in a market of giants by being part of a facebook owned conglomerate of companies, then that's fine, it shows trust in the new technology company and product, and belief that it will do well. All is good, more resources for development, more access to protections from the claws of companies like Rockstar Consortium Inc. that trolls most technology companies... maybe access to better management, PR and a release date

On the otherhand, there's no getting over the problem that Facebook is a Social Media advertising platform, that is its core business model, so it's unnerving when a company like facebook, with an overwhelming presence in one market, starts focusing attention on a different market entirely. "There has to be a reason", "There has to be a catch", the occulus rift has little to nothing to do with marketing nor works as a communication platform, we have no idea what they want to do with it. Hence the concern, hence the worries,
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Posted 3/26/14
#SAO#./hack//signwasherefirst#firstonetohavethescreennamekiritowins?

But yeah I mean why not? Facebook Inc. are peoples that have lots of moneys so why not let them pour their funds into furthering the technology.
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If I had 2 billion dollars i'd pay the bald guy from Deal or No Deal to travel around with me and ask "Deal or No Deal?" for whatever I purchase anywhere I purchase it. lul
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I heard about this last night and raged harder than ever. "Oh let's sell our virtual reality headset aimed towards gamers and company to a company that hates gamers." The hell were they thinking? Honestly, it should have been EA. Facebook is full of idiots.

Oh top of that Minecraft, one of the most anticipated gamed for Rift support has dropped it's plans because of the deal. Now all we have are a few indie games and Octodad I think.
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Posted 3/26/14
honestly, VR is just gonna be another fad in gaming. Just like motion detection was a flash in the pan so will VR. Gamers at heart love playing classic style games more than any gimmicks they throw at us.
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Posted 3/26/14
This is the dumbest thing that could have happened to the Oculus
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I'm not worried. It's not like Facebook is going to fire everyone working at Oculus VR. Instead, they provided the company more capital (more than they ever dreamed of), and will be able to push the development of the OR much quicker than they could through any kickstarter. From what I've read, it seems like Facebook will take a hands off approach and allow them (Oculus VR) to continue progression on the Oculus Rift at a pace they find comfortable. One of the main points I took away was Zuckerberg himself said it will be a five to ten year initiative. Meaning he isn't looking for a profit immediately.

I'm more curious about the spending spree Facebook has been on recently. 19 billion last month and 2 billion this month...? Seems a little desperate to me. Regardless, we've seen more tech companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.) moving away from the computer (or whatever their main selling point is) and towards other new ideas. For example, Google bought many robotics companies not to long ago....

I tend not to overreact to things, so I'll just wait it out and see what happens.
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Posted 3/26/14
I am really skeptic, but i guess they deserve a shot at it. Let's hope they won't screw it up.
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Posted 3/26/14
I guess we can all kiss our VR waifus goodbye.
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Posted 3/26/14

iamtheredseven wrote:

I guess we can all kiss our VR waifus goodbye.


I still have faith that I'll be able to be with mai waifu in the future..
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pandrasb wrote:
look on the bright side, Farmville... in VR

lmao


Am pumped
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Posted 3/26/14

justin9489 wrote:

Money talks, at the end of the day all everyone cares about is their pocket book. They probably decided to sell it now while they have dibs on the market before Sony totally blows them out of the water since Sony definitely has access to more resources, and for sure other companies are going to jump in to get a piece of the pie. Since oculus needed to be crowd funded I'm sure they wouldn't be able to compete with the bigger companies once they all jumped into the VR train. Honestly I think its a brilliant move on their part, they got a lot of money for their product that would probably become outdated and obsolete compared to products that big companies would probably come out with months/years from now.


Over 3/4 of the money they got were facebook stocks.
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