Facebook buys Oculus Rift

occulus-vr-dk2-002-612x640I’m sure that you heard about the Oculus Rift, a Virtual reality system that we at The Geek Church have covered many a time. Well, I have some either good news or bad news, depending on how you interpret it. Yeah, Facebook bought or, ahem, acquired Oculus Rift for about 2 billion.

I’m not certain what inspired this action on Facebook’s part, but not everyone is glad at this. This doesn’t appear to be the usual geek-venting that you see whenever big tech business purchases some company that would be better left alone. A tweet from Minecraft creator Markus Persson revealed that he had intended to do some deal with Oculus Rift, but he cancelled it.

So far, Facebook hasn’t exactly changed Instagram when they acquired that. I am not certain if Facebook wants to use the VR experience of Oculus Rift in order to transmit a virtual experience from one Facebook user to the other, but why else would the social media giant purchase it? How is this going to compete with Sony’s Project Morpheus?


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