You may remember how crazy the video game world went last year when Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg bought the Oculus Rift for $2 billion. The acquisition made some big waves in the gaming world and a lot of high profile gaming personalities had both good and bad things to say about the deal.
Since the Oculus was acquired by Facebook, Zuckerberg has remained pretty tight lipped on what his plans for the technology is. However, during a recent Q&A session on Facebook, a fan asked Zuckerberg what his vision was for the Oculus Rift.
Zuckerberg responded by saying:
“Our mission [is] to give people the power to experience anything,” he said. “Even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world, the goal is to help build a medium that will give you the ability to do all of these things you might not otherwise be able to do.”
“This will be incredibly powerful as a communication medium as well,” Zuckerberg added. “Just like we capture photos and videos today and then share them on the Internet to let others experience them too, we’ll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well. It will be pretty wild.”
It sounds like there are certainly big plans afoot for the Oculus Rift and regardless of what you think of Zuckerberg’s acquisition of the technology, it’s good to know he’s not just letting it gather dust.
However, the Oculus Rift isn’t the only VR technology on the horizon. Sony is currently working on Project Morpheus which could be available to consumers as early as next year. Valve and HTC have teamed up to create a virtual reality device called the Vive, and Microsoft is currently developing a HoloLens. The future of VR technology certainly seems exciting.