A week after Oculus VR announced the DK2, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveals that he will be buying Oculus Rift for $2 billion. In his statement Zuckerberg says that “Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate” but later in the same statement he also adds that after games they’re “going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court ride seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face – just by putting on goggles in your home.”
The official statement of Oculus Rift on the matter seems to try to soften the blow to gamers who have second thoughts by explaining that “at first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But when you consider it more carefully, we’re culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.”
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
I can understand the mixed opinions about the whole ordeal, especially since Notch from Minecraft tweeted last night that they were planning on bringing a Minecraft version to Oculus. which is now cancelled. In Notch’s statement, he explains that “Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts. Facebook is not a game tech company.” and for that reason, Notch refuses to work with Facebook. “I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook. Their motives are unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them creepy to me.”, Notch further explains.
What this ordeal will mean to the gaming world is still unclear as Oculus was working with other games as well. I’m sure we will find out soon.