Is Facebook’s Acquisition Of Oculus Rift A Bad Thing?
It had to be this question, didn’t it? If you read the news early this morning, you’d have seen that the
Evil Empire Facebook has bought Oculus Rift in a massive $2 billion deal.
Of course, as you would have no doubt expected, the internet has descended into an outcry of gloomy doom shouts for Oculus Rift technology, and some gamers have even turned to Sony’s VR technology as their last hope for virtual reality in gaming done right. You know, before they’ve even experienced Oculus Rift or seen where Facebook will be taking it.
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Now to some of you out there I share your intense dislike of Facebook. But the question of the day is, is it really a bad thing for Oculus Rift? And if so, why do you think it is?
As usual, there are many sides to the argument. Some say that Oculus Rift gains huge financial backing from this deal, and will become better as a result. It will also get sold cheaper at retail now, due to this investment. Others say that Facebook have no interest in the gaming side of things, and will turn Oculus Rift into social VR. And, you know, push ads everywhere. The fear right now is that Facebook is only interested in social networking, and its capacity to care about gaming is rather low, so gamers are feeling as though they’re losing something that could really have been awesome for them.
Mark Zuckerberg has stated that, like many of Facebook’s acquisitions, Oculus VR will operate independently from it, and the deal enables partnerships to be formed that previously weren’t possible. He has also said that gaming will not be lost on the VR device. But the skeptics suggest he’s just saying that to please the sad and enraged gamers, and before long we’ll have Oculus re-branded as Social Rift. Or Farmville Rift.
In the midst of all this, tell us what do you think about this whole situation? Is Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift a bad thing? If so, why do you think so? Or why do you support it?
Let us know down in the comments below.