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Oculus founder says Facebook acquisition will make sense “a year from now”

Thursday, 17th April 2014 01:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Oculus Rift’s purchase by Facebook will make a lot more sense to detractos at the end of a year, according to company founder Palmer Luckey.

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“Knowing behind the scenes what’s going on and what we need money to do and what we’re going to be able to do with this deal, I know for myself that it’s the best that we could possibly do,” Luckey said in a video interview transcribed by Gamespot.

“So if people give us some time, I think they’ll agree with us. A year from now, everyone – I think even a lot of the doubters – will look and say ‘You know what, they really did make the best choice.’”

Luckey reiterated earlier messaging that the Facebook purchase gives Oculus the cash and stability retain its autonomy, and build custom components, as well as commenting, again, that Facebook and Oculus have the same big picture vision for virtual reality as a platform.

Oculus can now hire the right people, he added, and developers are more interested in working with the platform. Oculus can also fund more games itself.

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4 Comments

  1. salarta

    Yeah, I’m sure it’ll make perfect sense. He just got finished with an interview where he talked about how VR can be used in the future to not have to meet with people in person because you can simulate doing that.

    It’s become abundantly clear that all claims that nothing about Oculus Rift would change due to its acquisition by Facebook were false. They have clearly changed. The emphasis of how Oculus Rift will be used has shifted to be more in line with Facebook’s interests, using it as a social medium, compared to its focus as a medium for gaming experiences prior to the buyout.

    If your focus is only on how much money the company can spend and who they can hire, then sure, a year from now we’ll be able to say the deal was a good one… for the finances of the company and people working at it. But if the focus is on whether or not the deal was good for Oculus Rift’s original mission, everything we’ve seen so far suggests a year will prove the exact opposite.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Elvis71

    It was always clear that VR will be much more than “hardcore” gaming .. but it was the most logical start to get things going. There were always statements about that good VR will potential change the way to communicate besides other things.

    In the end, any VR Device, be it Occulus or something else, is just another medium to get access to any kind of Virtual World .. be it Games, Communication, walking through youre “to be build” House a year in advance, Sitting in a virtual cinema watching blockbusters or whatever you can imagine.

    Just to think it is only for Gamers is very naive. If its done right in terms of latency, display tech etc. to get the presence right, its just about the experiences people create for the device(s) …

    I guess even the sky is no limit anymore then ;)

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Gheritt White

    @salarta “It’s become abundantly clear that all claims that nothing about Oculus Rift would change due to its acquisition by Facebook were false. “

    Do you have any evidence, e.g. quotes or figures, to back up that assertion?

    “They have clearly changed.”

    Where is the evidence for this clarity? Sounds like YET ANOTHER one of your spurious, merit-free accusations.

    <i."The emphasis of how Oculus Rift will be used has shifted to be more in line with Facebook’s interests, using it as a social medium, compared to its focus as a medium for gaming experiences prior to the buyout."

    When has Occulus VR *or* Facebook ever said anything like this? How do *you* know what Facebook’s intentions are for the Rift – have they ever stated them? Maybe they want to expand their business by breaking into the core gaming space, with a view to taking a leading role?

    In fact, what they actually said was that Occulus VR can now fund more games independently. How does that tally with your completely fictitious accusations?

    Once again, all you demonstrate are completely blinkered and emotion-based interpretations of events, leading to bogus and faulty conclusions.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    Oh good I was wondering why i am still experiencing “da fuck” emotions towards this.

    #4 7 months ago

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