Oculus would not have partnered with Microsoft or Sony, founder says

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 01:58 GMT

Xbox and PlayStation wouldn’t have been right for Oculus, even if they could have ponied up the $2 billion Facebook paid out for the virtual reality tech firm.

The Oculus Rift headset is tested by attendees at the Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court in London.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has said that neither Microsoft nor Sony were ever in the running to buy the company.

“If we were going to partner with somebody, because this is a long road ahead, we were thinking the whole time that we wouldn’t partner with Microsoft or Sony,” Iribe told the audience at BusinessInsider‘s Ignition conference.

Oculus thought partnering with either company would be too limiting. Presumably this refers to restricting the potential audience as well as Oculus’s possible applications.

“This really needs to be a new platform,” Iribe said.

Oculus also felt that Google was a bad choice, as the company has fingers in too many pies. Facebook, with it’s truly staggering wad of cash, broad reach and narrow social focus, is an entirely different ball game.

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