Well, this was unexpected. Facebook has announced that they are purchasing Oculus VR, the company behind the revolutionary Oculus Rift that has taken the world by storm in recent months, for a cool two dollars.
Sorry, wait. That’s two BILLION dollars. Both companies made statements on their respective sites after the announcement. Oculus VR stated: “At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But…we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.”
Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg has posted to Facebook on the deal; “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate…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.”
I’m…I’m not even going to pretend to know what to think about this. But I do have to wonder if Facebook is doing this because they truly see it as the future…or if they see it as just another step in their ongoing war with Google.