Holy crap Facebook is paying $2 billion for Oculus Rift


#1

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#2

Your calendar is broken and this post is about a week early!

(I know...I know it's true, but....argh!)

Oh, and insert joke here about how's there's nothing more social than putting on a mask that isolates you completely from your surroundings!


#3

I haven't followed the latest in VR tech (mostly because I didn't believe it would amount to much) but have they solved the motion sickness issues associated with VR yet?


#4

All those Kickstarter backers must be feeling great about the fat checks Zuckerberg is going to be cutting th--what's that? No..? No checks for backers? Wha---oh.


#5

Oculus R.I.P.


#6

If this Oculus Rift thing really takes off I'm going to get rich by signing on as a dealer for those "Stadium Pal" urine collection systems.


#7

Facebook buys company specializing in monitors you strap to your face. I'm sure the advertising experience will in no way be obtrusive.


#8

This is the one thing that could happen that would stop me from ordering an Oculus Rift. What a monumentally bad decision. And I can't believe they paid that much for it - seems like a big gamble on a company that hasn't really even launched yet.


#9

Well... shit.

I had really been looking forward to this. But the threat of bundling the Rift together with social crap could be enough to turn me off; I don't even like games with a heavy multiplayer focus, social sharing ignored.


#10

Derp. I saw @peregrinus_bis's post on this before this one. I'll repeat what I said there:

I get them buying WhatsApp, but wtf? The Oculus Rift looks kinda cool for things like Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, and other 3D games, but why the hell would I strap that to my head to look at baby pictures, urban legends, Farmville, and incoherent babbling?


#11

Vale, Oculus Rift. At least Valve and Sony are also playing with VR so we might still get something out of it.


#12

I was not a backer but I would back a class action.


#13

How much of a difference is there between Oculus and the Sony headset ? I've followed Oculus since Kickstarter and was really excited by it... but this.... urgh, are they going to buy Ouya next ?


#14

On what grounds? Kickstarting is not investing. It is patronage in the classical sense, only distributed. If you were a rich patron of the arts, and a recipient of your largess does something you didn't like, the only solution was to refrain from further contributions.


#15

Just emailed O.R. and told them to cancel my preorder from last week. Too bad.


#16

Also ...

http://notch.net/2014/03/virtual-reality-is-going-to-change-the-world/


#17

Sony's is for the PS4 only, although it will probably be hacked to work with PCs in a timely fashion.


#18

So... 2 Instagrams, or just over 10% of a WhatsApp... Is moving inane data snippets over a network purpose built for moving data snippets really valued that highly against actually doing engineering these days?


#19

FUCK. YOU. ZUCKERBERG.

Stop buying things that are awesome, thereby meaning I will refuse to use them. He's gonna shift the Rift WAY off the gaming course and turn it into something meaninglesss and idiotic that will be a gimmicky version of webcams.


#20

You had to ask?