Originally Posted by Carniflex
Got the same mail about Abrash joining Occulus. Sounded a lot like damage control talk to justify selling out to FB. It does not change the fact that it belongs now to FB and that FB will use it for their own purposes. It would be naive to believe otherwise in my opinion given the FB track record. They will perhaps release first iteration or two relatively clean and then add invasive policies a bit later [...]
I'll be the first to admit that Facebook could turn the Rift into some ad-infested, soul-sucking, data-mining, puppy-kicking abomination down the road, but they need gamers to drive adoption of the first generation or two of the technology so'll they'll do everything they can to cater to the gaming community for now.
The thing is, Facebook has thrown down a 2 billion dollar gauntlet to the entire tech industry that VR is not just a fad but will revolutionize how we interact with computers. Razer has hinted at having something in development, Microsoft has been experimenting with AR for years, and I'm sure all sorts of new companies will come out of the woodwork in the coming year or two, so if Facebook does screw it up, by the time that happens there should be plenty of alternatives to pick from.
And before anyone brings up patents, as far as I can tell, Facebook has never sued anyone over patents (other than counter-suing Yahoo as a defensive measure) and is a big proponent of open-source software and hardware (Palmer is also a big fan of open-source). Oculus, last I heard, only holds one patent and it's not even something critical to the functionality of the Rift (edit: it's a design patent covering the appearance of DK1, patent #D701,206
). If anything, Facebook has the money to defend Oculus if Apple decides to start a patent war over VR: http://bgr.com/2013/12/10/apple-virtual-reality-goggles-patent/
Considering how Facebook has handled Instagram so far, I think it is reasonable to believe Mark when he says Facebook will leave Oculus alone to develop compelling VR (not to mention FB is a publicly traded company, they have a legal obligation to make accurate statements to the public).Edited by Aibohphobia - 3/29/14 at 2:45pm