Facebook have continued their acquiring of innovative and popular technology companies by purchasing one of the most unusual and intriguing tech products of recent times, Oculus VR.
Zuckerberg and co have bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, a deal that is comprised of $300 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock.
So what do Oculus VR do and why is their Oculus Rift headset causing excitement among tech heads and gamers?
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality display that has so far been used primarily for gaming. This headset fits over your eyes completely blocking the wearer’s field of vision. The inside of the set contains a screen that is easy to look at over long periods of time. The aim of Oculus Rift is mimic the settings of everyday life in 3D.
VR headset have been talked about since the 60s and joked about since the 90s but Oculus Rift presents a vast improvement on headsets that have gone before. This is due to the fact that this VR set is much lighter, easier on the eyes and, most importantly, the technology is better.
Oculus VR’s technology have created digital spaces that resemble physical ones with much more precision than previous VR devices. According to those who have tried the headset has to be something that you have to try to fully understand. It has been causing a stir in the gaming world for some time now and has been nominated for Best of E3 Game Critics Awards two years in a row.
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality device aimed at gamers, so why have Facebook become interested? The advancement of this VR set means that it has many other uses beyond video games. The Oculus Rift can be used to mimic reality and transport the wearer to a virtual world, in fact an experiment with a reporter of The Verge saw him using the Oculus Rift to “swap” gender with impressive effect. Check out a tour of Jerry Seinfield’s living room using Oculus Rift…
Zuckerberg is clearly impressed by the technology of Oculus Rift and has recognized the capabilities of the device beyond gaming. According to Facebook’s CEO,
“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. This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”
Whatever the future of Oculus Rift it is bound to innovative, watch this space…