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Not Facebook's baby yet

Oculus starts selling second Rift virtual reality prototype




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Good news, developers and fans of virtual reality alike! Oculus has just announced that they’ve just started shipping their second Oculus Rift virtual reality prototype intended for developers, officially named the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. Oculus expects packages to start arriving on developers’ and enthusiasts doorsteps on July 14th – though later orders probably won’t arrive until closer to the middle to the end of August.

If you’ve yet to pick up your copy, the privilege of owning your very own prototype headset will cost you $350 right now – and of course, that doesn’t automatically give you access to the final product, whenever that arrives – or, well, – if that ever arrives.

Source: Oculus


No laws violated, no problem

US Government’s approval means Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is a go




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The United States Government has today officially given Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, makers of the insanely promising Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, the go ahead after finding that the deal violates no American antitrust laws or otherwise. This was the only significant roadblock in the way of the marriage between the two companies, which means that there’s almost nothing stopping the two companies from holding each others’ hands in front of a witness and marrying each other, becoming one happy company at last.

Of course, like any marriage, there’s still a fair bit of drama going on. For one, the development community is still aghast with anguish and hurt over the deal, with many believing that Oculus is throwing away all the promising tech it’s come up with over the past couple of years in exchange for a few bucks. Minecraft creator “notch” openly called Facebook “creepy” in a now infamous blog post a few weeks back, mere minutes after cancelling the planned Minecraft for Oculus Rift project.

Via: Engadget
Source: Reuters


LOL, Minecraft

Officially, Minecraft for Oculus Rift has been cancelled




Minecraft-logo-958x340_1674078Following the news that Facebook is buying Oculus comes word that Notch, creator of the wildly popular sandbox game Minecraft has cancelled the official version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift.

For the very reason that Facebook has bought Oculus, Minecraft will never see an official release of the game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift. Notch having stated that “Facebook creeps [him] out” and how Facebook doesn’t care about their users other than if they’re getting more users are some of the reasons why he personally pulled the plug on the project.

Thankfully, the project was just in preliminary talks and given the nature of Minecraft there are mods out there that make it Rift-compatible, they’re just not official.

Source: Notch (notch.net, Twitter


FarmVille for Oculus Rift

Facebook to buy Oculus for $2 billion




facebookHere’s one that came out of nowhere. Today, Facebook has announced that they’re going to buy Oculus for a cool $2 billion. You read that right: Facebook is going to buy the company behind one of the most promising virtual reality headsets we’ve seen to date.

 

The press release states that while gaming is the primary focus for the headset, several other groups are experimenting with VR in other applications with Facebook joining them. It also states that they believe VR might just emerge as the next social media platform with Mark Zuckerberg stating that “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

The deal will be made up of about $400 million in cash and 23 million shares in Facebook stock, roughly worth $1.6 billion. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2014. And don’t worry; Oculus will still continue to work on their Rift headset.

Source: Facebook Newsroom