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Facebook has just announced that it's buying Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Seriously.

 

"Mobile is the platform of today, and now we're also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate."

 

Oculus are equally chuffed. "We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world," Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR says in a PR release. "We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it's only just the beginning."

 

The deal is made up of around $400 million in cash payouts, with the rest being made up of Facebook shares. It's not a done deal yet; it's expected to be finalised in Q2 2014

 

http://kotaku.com/facebook-buys-oculus-rift-for-2-billion-1551487939?

 

 

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OMG!  The terror!  So John Carmack now works for Facebook.  FML.

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Oh yeah.  VR versions of Candy Crush and Farmville.

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Are you kidding?!

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:|

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This acquisition makes absolutely zero sense to me.

 

Oh well, maybe this might tempt Carmack to leave Oculus for Valve. Having Mike Abrash and Carmack under the same roof again would be legendary.

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What?! NO!

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And now Oculus Rift can die in a miserable fire.

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i cant wait until the tech bubble bursts... all of them come crashing down! :|

 

Every tech company getting snatched up these days are HIGHLY overvalued.

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Well... I'm gonna go full Sony on this one.

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2 billion? I don't know Facebook's CFO is on but I want some of that PRONTO!

 

I wonder if they're buying it just to bury it or to get advantageous patents.

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WTF, ok im hoping they die! Well not the people but the product!

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who knows maybe Facebook will pump money into them and provide with some support to achieve their goals......... or more likely we'll get a VR facebook with 1080p ads galore!

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This is a disaster!

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Ugh, no thanks. I was very interested in Oculus (almost pre-ordered a DK2) but now I'm not even going to bother.

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2 billion? I don't know Facebook's CFO is on but I want some of that PRONTO!

 

I wonder if they're buying it just to bury it or to get advantageous patents.

 

They'll kill it off in its current form and resurrect it as a Facebook gaming platform for Second Life-type crap.

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They'll kill it off in its current form and resurrect it as a Facebook gaming platform for Second Life-type crap.

 

facebook buy second life in unrelated news! mmmm /s

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APRIL FOOLS!

 

No, it's not? Damn...

 

I gave up Facebook.  It was riddled with constant drama, redundant recycled garbage from everyone reposting that stupid ecard crap, hoaxes, app spam, invite spam. The fact Facebook promotes anti-socialism which is ironic for being a social network.  I had friends or at least I thought I did, would message people and never heard back and no one had interest socializing outside of Facebook and even socializing via Facebook was scarce. Rather that posting unique content they would have crap auto post to their wall. Got to the point where I disabled posts from certain friends appearing on my feed, blocked app invites and eventually left Facebook altogether. It was depressing as it's hard for me as it is to make friends, I don't have very many friends and had to deal with people removing me for no reason. People I originally thought highly of, thought I could relate to and vice versa, these people I trusted thinking they would never abandon me for no reason or over trivial bullcrap.

 

Anyways this news completely kills off what little interest I may have had for the Oculus Rift especially since it could be locked to Facebook specific apps, They created a social network and service but have no experience outside of that and if they start treading into unfamiliar territory then the outcome most likely isn't going to be good for Oculus or end users that own Oculus hardware or were planning on investing in the hardware. Facebook should not be allowed to set their grubby claws on anything that doesn't concern them because anything they touch will likely go to ######.

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Yeah, not too chuffed about Facebook being involved in this. Probably require a FB account/your personal life to even startup now.

 

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Ouch. Sony, nab that up pronto.

 

Also,

 

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lol

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God ######ing damn it! Can't believe they sold out :(

Well, let's hope my (and seemingly everybody else's) gut reaction is misplaced, and some good will come of this.

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OMG!  The terror!  So John Carmack now works for Facebook.  FML.

 

That spells Doom. See what I did there?

 

 

Sorry, I'll never do it again.

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Welp, this has killed the interest I had in the Rift, at least it's got Sony and Valve working on stuff.

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