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Facebook may be jumping into unknown and unproven territory, but with the intent of purchase of Oculus VR for $2 billion, it seems the social network is making plans for a future not-so-far away.
Oculus VR is the company developing the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display that has gotten lots of attention in the last year.
The acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook is still pending.
So, what could Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift mean for Facebook? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow. Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”
Unfortunately, the news made a famous game designer unhappy. The creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson, mentioned his lack of satisfaction about this:
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
With the cancellation of the virtual reality version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift, a social network like Facebook may be missing one very popular game, but the Oculus team believes in Facebook, and viceversa:
“This partnership is one of the most important moments for virtual reality: it gives us the best shot at truly changing the world. It opens doors to new opportunities and partnerships, reduces risk on the manufacturing and work capital side, allows us to publish more made-for-VR content, and lets us focus on what we do best: solving hard engineering challenges and delivering the future of VR.”
[Source]: Oculus VR: Oculus Joins Facebook [http://www.oculusvr.com/blog/oculus-joins-facebook/].