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My main fear is that Facebook will try to find a way to squash competition by copyrighting certain parts of the process/hardware, sounds outlandish, but stranger things have happened.

competition is always good, especially in emerging technologies. (looks to his closet, smiles @ his dusty Virtual Boy)

once again, it is not 2,000,000,000 in cash.

It is 400M cash, ~1.5B in stock options (~21M facebook shares) and a 300M bonus if certain goals are met.

Also. None of this will actually be invested in the Rift, or Oculus in general. The stock and money was used to transfer ownership to Facebook. Why would Palmer Luckey use the money he just got, into developing the Rift? It is Facebooks problem now.
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Also. None of this will actually be invested in the Rift, or Oculus in general. The stock and money was used to transfer ownership to Facebook. Why would Palmer Luckey use the money he just got, into developing the Rift? It is Facebooks problem now.

Exactly. People's general understanding of how an acquisition works is completely out of whack. I don't know how many times iv'e seen some one say "palmer now has 400,000,000 to spend on OR!" no. just no no no no no. The money & stock will go so many different ways, I don't think people even understand.

All development money will come straight from FaceBook from this point forward.

oh, not to mention the whole team has likely signed a non-competition agreement which likely legally binds them from working on other VR projects for 5-10 years.
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Facebook is going to leave it as a standalone company. Just read the article. They just want to profit from it for now I'd believe.
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Facebook is going to leave it as a standalone company. Just read the article. They just want to profit from it for now I'd believe.

I'm going to say I will ignore the articles and kind of just go off of what Mark said in the call.
 
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Much as I hate Facebook, if (and that's a big "if") they don't meddle and screw things up, it could well be one of the first productive things ever to come out of all those billions of dollars in advertising money.

If this means they can commission the production of more unique parts, like display panels designed from the ground up specifically for this product, it's possible that we could all benefit greatly from it.
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This goes from a day one purchase of the consumer version to wait a few months and see that it doesn't have any intrusive software in it. I saw the headline on Reddit and thought it was a joke until I read the Zuckerberg Facebook post. This is incredibly disappointing.

This product I pray just stays as a neutral mediator for content. Let there be social apps but none built in. Let it just be like a monitor All the software should just be optional. No Facebook if I don't want.

Actually I want to see what competitors can come out with first now. Hopefully Morpheus comes to PC. Once a VR headset comes out and sells well other manufacturers will surely try and get into. In particular maybe the monitor/tv manufacturers.
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Much as I hate Facebook, if (and that's a big "if") they don't meddle and screw things up, it could well be one of the first productive things ever to come out of all those billions of dollars in advertising money.

If this means they can commission the production of more unique parts, like display panels designed from the ground up specifically for this product, it's possible that we could all benefit greatly from it.

You don't invest $2B in a company without expecting to get something out of it....
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This could be interesting if they do something new that maybe they did not have funding for. (how i could not imagine)

IF FB/OR makes a stereoscopic video camera for the Oculus (Think Stereoscopic Go-Pro) it could be a huge Win. Could you imagine putting on a Rift and experiencing surfing the monster australian waves in 3D... or Skydiving, Motorcross, or flying a Wingsuit, or god forbid the cockpit experience in a formula 1 race.

It's all a dream but if Zuckerberg is behind the dream, with his resources who knows what the company could actually put forth.

I'm in the camp of hopefuls that pray it's not all about Facebook Social, but to actually let the Oculus brand expand on it's own where it may flourish in positive markets, and if Facebook allows it to become the first VR headset to hit mainstream, I can live with that. rolleyes.gif

What I can't live with is a forced social ads in VR as others have described.
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http://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/21cy9n/the_future_of_vr/

if this was already posted, I apologize, it is 5 hours old, so it like has been.

the words just seem so hollow, almost as a statement of appeasement. We know they are looking to heavily socialize the platform. Which is fine, IF you can turn it off, and IF it isn't bloated with advertisements like a 50$ tablet.
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guess now you can receive and view FB notifications and message in Oculus Rift while gaming tongue.gif
     
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