Facebook To Acquire Oculus Rift VR

2 billion

Wowwwwwweeeeeeeee!

Facebook just announced that they will be dropping a whopping $2 billion dollars for the acquisition of Oculus Rift.

A Facebook press release reads: "While the applications for virtual reality technology beyond gaming are in their nascent stages, several industries are already experimenting with the technology, and Facebook plans to extend Oculus' existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas. Given these broad potential applications, virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform."

CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a novel on Facebook -- which you can read here -- where he explains Oculus will continue to operate independently, and that Facebook won't be changing any of the "big plans" Oculus has.

"We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this. But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home."

HEY FACEBOOK! I have this cool thing where I, like, uh...well, damn. I don't have anything Facebook would want to buy. But maybe I should come up with something because I could sure as shit use $2 billion.

So, uh, thoughts?

  • Jonathan Lopez

    What Sorcery is this?! I don’t like this idea even though i’m not all for the Occulus rift. Social media and Entertainment media in this case, should be seperate.

  • Blase

    I think I saw this happen already. It was called Surrogates. It didn’t work out too well for Bruce Willis. Or maybe it did, who knows?

  • azraelblack777

    *chuckles* didn’t we try the whole Virtual Reality thing back with the Virtual Boy? Haha 🙂 but I mean, come on…2 billion dollars for this eh? I’d rather sit in an actual classroom and have an actual person teach me, then sit at home on my couch, with goggles on, listening to some virtual teacher. If I want that, I’ll use Mavis Beacon again…

    • britt5091

      BUT IT’S THE FUTURE!

  • Derrick Daarud

    I actually see this as being great for the Oculus. A whopping 2 billion to help them get their product out, pretty awesome for a project that started on kickstarter (also what an awesome success story, Kickstarter will probably advertise the shit out of this.) It also gives them a backer who is neutral with both console companies. I also don’t think Facebook will stop developers who want to make some more risque content which is probably going to be a big seller for virtual reality. Also lets face it the money has been going toward facebook and mobile gaming for a few years now, this is a really smart move for Oculus.
    I live in San Francisco, I think I should probably find Zuckerberg’s house and just ask him to buy my stuff, just hold out some random idea for a game or a movie since he is in the mood to branch out his companies portfolio and I am in the mood for a being a billionaire…
    Since I posted this with my facebook account I should probably state: I have no actual intention of finding Mark Zuckerberg or anyone who works at facebook and harassing them in order to get money.
    Yippie for dodging bullets!

    • britt5091

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

      I always love your comments. And yeah, great for them. (And Kickstarter!)