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Notch Talks Alternative VR Options After Facebook-Oculus Deal


Notch Talks Alternative VR Options After Facebook-Oculus Deal

Not too long following the announcement that Facebook has purchased Oculus VR to the hefty tune of $2 billion, Minecraft creator Markus Persson tweeted that he would no longer be interested in bringing Minecraft to Oculus. Now, Notch has clarified his opinions, confirming that he is seeking alternative platforms.

Notch shared his VR opinions through a series of Twitter messages. In response to questions concerning Notch’s possible work with Sony’s VR set, he tweeted “I like developing for PC. Maybe others at Mojang are interested?”. While the Mojang team may eventually agree to a Sony port of Minecraft, Notch is not too keen to turn to the Morpheus Project. It seems the Minecraft creator will be looking for alternate VR platforms, uninterested in either Oculus or Sony’s Project Morpheus. While Oculus and Project Morpheus are big VR contenders at the moment, Notch is aware it is likely additional VR platforms will become more appealing to developers.

Notch did show interest in a partnering with an alternative company for VR development, seen in a short conversation between Notch and CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan. The CEO replied to Notch’s anti-Facebook announcement, “perhaps we can help out. Will be in touch”. Notch was notably excited at this prospect, and it seems he’s hoping to take his visions for a slimmed-down, VR Minecraft in this direction.

The news of Notch’s platform scouting comes after his disapproval of the Facebook acquisition of Oculus. “Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts,” Notch stated in an earlier post. “Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers.” Notch shared that he is excited to work with VR, but believes Facebook harbors unclear motives and will not offer a stable platform.

With Notch looking at alternatives to the new Facebook backed Oculus, what do you think about the purchase and its effects on VR gaming?

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