Facebook acquires Oculus, scares away Minecraft

News Aaron Birch
26 Mar 2014 - 01:05

Social media giant, Facebook, has purchased Rift creator Oculus, but not everyone is happy...

The latest foray into virtual reality, Oculus Rift, has been picking up more and more steam. What many may have thought would be little more than a gimmick is becoming a viable piece of hardware, so much so that even Sony is working on its own version, Project Morpheus.

Facebook, in particular, sees the potential for Oculus' tech, so it decided to buy it, lock, stock and barrel. For $2 billion ($400 million case and 23.1 million shares in Facebook), the social networking titan has acquired Oculus, which is a move that no one saw coming.

“Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.” said Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Echoing that sentiment, Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe said: “We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning.”

So, it's all high fives and beer O' clock at Facebook and Oculus, but a certain high profile indie developer isn't so sure.

Minecraft creator, Marcus Persson, has publicly stated his stance on the Facebook purchase of the VR specialist. He was in talks with Oculus about bringing Minecraft to the Oculus Rift, which would have been a huge deal for Oculus given the phenomenal success of the indie title, but now that's not going to happen. Persson isn't so keen on Facebook, which he made clear on Twitter.

Although this may not stop the growing popularity of the Oculus Rift, it's certainly a big setback with the loss of such a huge title, and with it a big potential market. For now, Minecraft remains in a non-virtual reality world, although maybe Notch will prefer to deal with Sony and Project Morpheus...

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