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post #11 of 383
Sigh.

And just like that my hopes and dreams are shattered. I was so excited for this and was very close to getting a Dev2 Kit.
     
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This is big!

A HUGE financial backing, essentially unlimited R&D, more exposure to qualified engineers and visionaries, etc...

I don't think we'll just see Facebook minigames on this. They could keep this completely separate from their social media service.
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post #13 of 383
I can see it now.


You have your Oculus on, then you start getting Facebook popups via a special addon.
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Well...
Hello Valve?
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https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101319050523971?stream_ref=1
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I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.

Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about. We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we're in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences.

This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. 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.

Oculus's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.

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. We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side 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.

This is really a new communication platform. 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.

These are just some of the potential uses. By working with developers and partners across the industry, together we can build many more. One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.

Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can't wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us.

Actually.... this might not be so bad.
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post #16 of 383
This is a little worrying. I'm just gonna hold my breath on this.
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The Oculus RIft is now Dead to me till its release and even then I have to be assured now of that facebook crap is involved.
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post #18 of 383
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Originally Posted by Stuuut View Post

NO!!!!! doh.gifmad.gif
Exactly how i feel.

So Carmack now works for Facebook?
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Gods damn it Oculus. You had so many millions in VC and and you sell out to Facebook? Why?

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This is big!

A HUGE financial backing, essentially unlimited R&D, more exposure to qualified engineers and visionaries, etc...

I don't think we'll just see Facebook minigames on this. They could keep this completely separate from their social media service.

 

I am going to hope and trust that this is what Palmer agreed to. I don't see him willingly giving up his dream for millions before CV1, and he best spend this money ASAP on getting access to custom parts *cough*panels*cough* and getting eye-tracking and foveated rendering nice and quickly.

 

I'll withhold judgement until I see exactly what powers Oculus traded for this, but this announcement killed my hype in one fell swoop.

 

P.S. Zuckerburg, assuming you are just providing lots of funding, you better not stick a Fb logo anywhere on the Rift.

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I heard "AD Oculus" is going to be the new name.....
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