Despite the incredible support from Kickstarter supporters, Oculus has abandoned their crowdfunding loyalist allowing the social networking titan Facebook to acquire the VR company for a whopping $2 billion.
With a closer lense, reading between the lines and despite some who are oppose to it, this just feels right.
Initially being primarily positioned for gaming, Facebook envisions a broader approach with the virtual reality tech.
“Given these broad potential applications, virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform.” – Facebook
A broader stroke of applications certainly enhances the appeal to Oculus, however how does Facebook intend on allowing the gaming community to experience Oculus VR? Discussing the acquisition, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg stressed his company’s commitment to VR gaming. Notably, Oculus will work in a sort of independent way aided by Facebook in developing new content, ultimately becoming a new “communication platform”.
Recently Ubisoft expressed their position on incorporating Sony’s similar VR tech in the form of Project Morpheus with the development of their future games, requiring that the tech should support at least 1 million adopters before giving the VR tech a serious consideration. Here is where the broad Facebook vision can be a win for developers concerned about market reach with Oculus.
This seems like great news for both Oculus and Facebook, just as long as the insatiable gaming VR itch can be properly scratched. However, there is no doubt this has unlimited potential in how family and friends could be socially engaged and connected.
Just image for a moment the ability to bring your socially connected family and friends with you as you climb Mount Shasta, deep sea dive the pacific or skydive from 11,000 ft or less dramatically take a stroll through the Taj Mahal with a small inconspicuous camera attachment. Now all your socially connected family and friends who happen to own a pair of Oculus VR lenses can virtually experience your adventure from anywhere. How cool is that! To follow up this point, Zuckerberg comments;
“By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life… – Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”