Oculus Rift Will Be Cheaper Thanks To Facebook Aiming For 2015 Release
When Facebook bought out Oculus VR in March for a reported $2 billion, there were a lot of raised eyebrows. Those with an interest in the company had concerns over just what this would mean for the future of the Rift headset. Even Markus Notch Persson, the creator of Minecraft, dropped his support for the project in the face of the buyout. Some of the unease is understandable; after all, gamers have been dreaming of a virtual reality experience for decades, and the Oculus Rift, along with Sonys upcoming Project Morpheus, looked to be that science fiction fantasy coming true.
Oculus has tried to dispel fears as best as possible. Palmer Luckey, co-founder of the company and creator of the Oculus Rift, has said that the deal will make sense in a years time and that gaming is still their primary focus. John Carmack, the former id Software guru who went to Oculus full-time in November as their Chief Technology Officer, has said that Facebookget the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen.
Speaking to Ars Technica in an interview at E3 2014, Iribe said that the Facebook buyout would allow Oculus to deliver consumer V1 at a lower cost, because were not trying to drive a high margin on this. He also said that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, wants to get the V1 headset to scale with the best quality product at the lowest cost possible.
Oculus is aiming for big advancements in sales and content with the Rifts second iteration, which Iribe said will be totally incredible thanks to the Facebook buyout. Thats when we think the scale will really goal, and hopefully youll get many millions of people into VR, playing great games. Heres hoping the hardware and content lives up to their estimations.
With both the Oculus Rift and Sonys Project Morpheus making waves at this years E3, it looks as though the future is very bright for VR. It may well be the technological advancement we all hoped motion control would be.
It’s a shiny looking future for VR if the general consensus at E3 is anything to go by.