Who says Facebook has grown out of touch with the younger generations?
Mark Zuckerberg announced via his Facebook page this afternoon that the company has purchased Oculus VR, the company who has been building the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset for PC. While Zuckerberg claims that they will not impede Oculus’ current gaming-based plans and will even help them to “accelerate” things in this area, he of course went on to explain other future non-gaming uses for the technology, such as watching sports, studying in a remote classroom, and interfacing with your doctor. What this means for the future of hernia tests and prostate exams remains to be seen.
Wisely attempting to stay as ahead of the inevitable backlash as they could, the Oculus team put up a blog post shortly after the announcement explaining things from their side:
“At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But when you consider it more carefully, we’re culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.”
All of this comes just a week after Sony confirmed Project Morpheus, their own virtual reality headset being developed for the PlayStation 4.