Just as we thought that Facebook was done buying another company, off they go and acquire Oculus VR. But what is interesting that up until now anyone could see the sense behind what they bought, whether it was WhatsApp or Instragam one could tell that the main goal was to capture and maintain a larger audience. But what are they going to do with a company that is known for making virtual reality headset? Read on to find out!
So What Does Facebook Plan to Do?
Acquiring a virtual reality technology company can mean only mean one thing; Facebook will most probably try to utilize them in a way that people can use them to communicate with each other. Originally intended to be a gaming device this deal certainly made gaming enthusiasts out there feel a bit disappointed, but the bigger picture is that Facebook might just be on its way to create the first virtual life. Yes they have already created that in sense via Facebook, but imagine that you can literally experience via your eyes that you do online on Facebook, it would be a true breakthrough. Why else would Facebook go ahead and offer Ocular VR such a deal? Keep in mind that the deal includes $400 million in cash and rest of the $1.6 billion will be in Facebook stock, giving the Ocular VR owners long time income as well as secure positions. So if Oculus Rift is to really serve a purpose in next generation virtual communication then we will see history being made in front of our eyes.
Is It the End of Oculus Rift in Gaming?
Thankfully no, Facebook is not completely ditching the gaming purpose out of Oculus Rift. After all that was what it was made for in the first place, not to mention if it’s a success among gamers Facebook will benefit just as well. Both Facebook and Oculus claim this agreement will not affect Oculus towards their original milestone. They will remain the same, only with more funding. “Oculus already has big plans for gaming, that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate,” wrote Zuckerberg. “Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this”, now we just hope that they remain true to their words. It would be awesome to play FarmVille using Oculus.
The Bad Side of the Story
So far it seems quite good doesn’t it? Oculus gets more funds as well as the freedom to continue in their path. But we are afraid that is not how the reality of the situation is, the fact that such a independent minded company would sell themselves off for money is a disturbing thought and it has already lead to many developers rejecting Oculus Rift. When the news was confirmed that Facebook is indeed buying Oculus Rift it immediately lost a lot of community support and given the fact that Oculus Rift was supposed to live off developer support this does not seem to end well for either side.
If Oculus fails to gain the confidence of the gaming community back then we are pretty sure that it would lead to negative results. For example think about the new consoles, Xbox One and PS4. The only reason PS4 is now more successful than Xbox One is because they lost a big chunk of their community support with their initial reveal, since then they have improved lot of things but PS4 yet holds the lead and this is an aftermath for a device which was previously successful. So what would similar situation spell for the Oculus Rift? We just hope for their sake that somehow the community can have their faith restored.
It is quite obvious that Facebook is aiming high, probably higher than any other social network out there, but at what cost? Facebook having influence over things that were supposed to be something else might soon be considered a negative thing for the audience, not to mention this gives a huge edge to the competitors of Oculus rift such as Project Morpheus from Sony, if developers turn their attention towards them, then the story of Oculus Rift will end before even starting when it comes to gaming and given the fact that virtual communication at the next level is still a work in progress that would lead to bad results for both companies. It truly depends on how Facebook utilizes their newly acquired asset, we for one hope that it will not see a bitter end, though with the current feedback from the community that might just happen.