Facebook seems to be running around and buying everything nowadays. They recently bought Whatsapp for a gigantic sum of 19 Billion dollars and now they make their next approach on the Oculus VR.
The company managed to buy Oculus VR for a total of 2 Billion dollars which is quite a fair bit of money. The reason behind why and why a social networking company would want to buy something like the Oculus Rift which is basically a virtual reality simulator targeted mostly towards the gaming audience is a question that was on everyone’s mind when this happened.
Mark Zuckerburg responded on his Facebook and stated his reasons on why his company bought out the Oculus VR for 2 Billion dollars.
‘Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow, Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.’
‘The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives’.
‘Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform,’
While yes, Mark Zuckerburg’s statement may explain why Facebook wanted to acquire the Oculus VR. Pretty much no one saw this coming and almost everyone, me included, were hoping that if any major company was going to acquire Oculus, it should have been someone like Microsoft because let’s be honest, Oculus is aimed towards the gaming audience and Facebook isn’t necessarily one of the gaming titans in the business currently.
Another question that arises is why Oculus VR accepted the deal on selling something that could potentially revolutionize the gaming industry. Perhaps they lacked the funds to make further development or maybe the just needed some mainstream firm to back them up since they are contending against Sony who is another giant in the industry and has made substantial progress on its own VR system, the “Project Morpheus”
It’s still too soon to say what this could possibly lead to so it’s best to let the dust settle before making any further conclusions.