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Facebook Buys Oculus VR For Two Billion Dollars

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.

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