Facebook: We have "no plans" to redesign Oculus Rift

Spokesperson for social networking company denies report from The New York Times that claimed it would add Facebook logo and interface to the device.

A Facebook spokesperson has denied yesterday's New York Times report that claimed the social networking company was planning to redesign the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to feature the Facebook interface and logo.

Facebook has "no plans" to rebrand the device, the spokesperson told re/code. Right now, the only version of Oculus Rift available is the development kit; the consumer version will come sometime in the future.

Mark Zuckerberg's social networking company bought Oculus VR yesterday in a surprise deal worth an estimated $2 billion. According to executives at Oculus VR, the deal was completed in just three days.

In the wake of the deal, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson canceled a VR version of the sandbox game and Kickstarter backers raged against the sale. Oculus Rift creator Luckey says he's hearing more positive feedback than negative and believes coming together with Facebook is the right move to help VR go mainstream.

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Discussion

90 comments
digishah
digishah

Good to know I wouldn't have to play with an Oculus rift that has a FACEBOOK stamp right across my face.

But this deal still leaves a sour taste in my mouth, if Razer VR is a thing I'm jumping on that bandwagon.

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

Companies don't make $2 billion dollar investments in businesses just to run them into the ground (unless it's a direct competitor but I'm pretty sure there are laws against that sort of thing). Facebook bought Instagram and WhatsApp, two companies who offer similar services to Facebook, and hardly touched them, they still function as they always have.


I can understand being pessimistic about this, but outright dismissing it and saying it's only going to be a bad thing is silly. 


Plus, apart from Valve (who don't have anywhere near the kind of money needed to enhance the Rift above what it already was), what other company would have been better? Microsoft? EA? Activision? God no. The only other massive company who might have had an interest is Google and they're a million times worse for collecting data and information than Facebook. Let's not forget their insistence on tying everything to one account for a social media app nobody wants which is much more annoying than anything Facebook have done.

kargion
kargion

If facebook can stay out and only give money and support it will be ok.  At first sight this looks bad, I hope I am wrong.

joey2010
joey2010

Facebook bought instagram a couple years back...fast-forward today and you'll see that instagram is a mega success


Facebook bought Whatsapp a few weeks back... and people who had a few months left of their one year free trial got another year free trial as a bonus. I could go on and on but these guys let their work speak for themselves. This is not EA or MS so you can all relax.


eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I'd say we have a better chance of Gabe Newell dressing up as Santa Clause and unveiling Half-Life 3 at E3 then we do of Facebook not utterly ruining this project.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Oculus Rift says thanks for the donations, and adios huevos

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

Zuckerberg is a smart man. He's jumping from Facebook's sinking ship to the Oculus ship, which hasn't even left the docks yet, but will have a much, much longer shelf life than any social media site. No need to really worry about Facebook integration with the Rift, because by the time VR has kicked into full gear, Facebook will be long gone.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Unlike the idiots who gave their money away to the Oculus Rift project. Mark Zuckerberg is not in the business of not making money. He paid 2 billion dollars, 2 BILLION DOLLARS, for it. There is no way in hell, him and his company are not expecting this thing to be a money maker.

tzolynski
tzolynski

So what your saying is in fear of backlash the best move is to say there is no plans to change it right now. As a guy with a wife I can tell you that sometimes plans change.

C-THREE
C-THREE

Check out what John Carmack said...“I suppose I will get a FB account now,” he mused. “So that may lead to some writing a little longer than tweet length...”. shaking my head. just google carmacks name and you'll see the article.

wyan_
wyan_

Of course Facebook has no plans to redesign the Rift. In the thumbnail pic it actually does look like a book stuck to someone's face.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Sweet, I have no plans to buy it.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

 Oculus Rift to Kickstarters donators:

Thanky you, and now, so long suckers

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

As i've said many other places I don't blame the guys for selling the company and tech out to a big company... but of all the tech companies possible why on earth Facebook?  They have no history with hardware of any sort, let alone anything to do with VR.  Seriously I hate a company like Apple, but even that would make more sense.  This makes no sense to me, none. 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

we will just add the logo, the toolbar, the emoticons, and of course the ads

nathanmaxtro
nathanmaxtro

I seriously hope not.


There better not be a Facebook logo or toolbar on any game when I'm using the Rift.

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

Mark Zoidberg sure is lucky that he has a lot of money because he's one ugly dude.

grbolivar
grbolivar

This is the end of Oculus Rift for me. Adios!

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

"Words. Nothing but sweet, sweet words that turn into bitter orange wax in my ears."


Phillip J Fry.

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Whats that smell? Anyone smell that?!

it's smells like.... BULLSHIT!

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

Zuckerberg will take all of your money.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

this is why kickstarter is a bad idea , if you invest money in a company no matter how small that company is and how little you invest , you should own a piece of the profits .

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

Please this asshole is full of shit,whoever buys into his crap is a First-Class moron

ggregd
ggregd

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows when a company says it has "no plans" to do something obvious that would benefit said company, but that their current customer base won't like, it means no plans they're ready to announce yet..

ziproy
ziproy

I don't care if FB's plans are to be completely hands-off, I'm not giving them a single dollar EVER!!! They've showed time and again that they could give two sh*ts about their users and sells our information like it's a garage sale.


Luckey is now Fb's Lackey. If he's hearing more good then bad then he's not listening very well...

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Dammit, the Oculus was the one thing I was truly excited for this year.  And now Facebook has it in its clutches  :(

predatorGS
predatorGS

Not cancelling my DK2, can't wait enjoying star citizen and skyrim with it.
Sure, it looks bad now, but give it some time and see what FB is up to.

BottleOp
BottleOp

"no plans"  well they just bought it, give it time.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Isn't this the part of the social network movie where the kickstarter backers sue Facebook lol! Then we find out the occulous rift guy claims zucker lied to him and made him sign his work over to him through a scam and then Justin Timberlake shows up snorting coke and power hungry lol. Coming soon to a theater near you the social network 2 we fucking backed the zucker!

Thisisstupid
Thisisstupid

Companies always say they have "no plans" to do something they know people are mad about.  It doesn't stop them from doing it later though.

Melchior111
Melchior111

I'm still waiting for the other editorial... the one that's supposed to tell you why you should worry about OR

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

"Oculus Rift creator Luckey says he's hearing more positive feedback than negative" From seeing everyones reactions on multiple websites, even the kickstarters themselves, I'm wondering who the hell hes listening to...

Colekern
Colekern

@bobbetybob  Yeah, this doesn't seem bad to me. The Oculus rift is shaping up to be awesome, and I doubt a company with a history leaving apps untouched (even better, in some cases) is going to be a bad thing... especially when that company has lots of funding that could help improve the product.

kargion
kargion

@joey2010  Instagram was a mega success before Facebook bought them.  

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

Good luck missing out on the best thing to happen to technology this decade.

DarthRamms
DarthRamms

@LickTheEnvelope  


Companies like google didn't start off as a tech company and look at them now and being a tech company doesn't really mean you can sell a product a make money off of it because MS and Sony are still struggling to sell a lot of their electronic devices. 

deth420
deth420

@bledsoe45sbc  or at the very least, some sort of clause to not sell out to a group of a holes. 


I was under the impression that you start a kickstarter, so as to avoid being told what to do, by a douchie corporation.

ggregd
ggregd

@reddevilofhell  He's been silent through all this.  If he doesn't say anything supportive, watch for him to leave.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@reddevilofhell  He had a slightly embarrassing moment when sombody found a blog by him, on why Facebook was bad for games. 

tzolynski
tzolynski

@BottleOp  Ya, I have no plans to take a shit tonight but I cant make any promises.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@HailHellfire  Let's see what we have...

Oculus is the leader in VR today?  Ummm, they have no product yet?  OK, whatever, let's get to the interesting stuff.

Wow, he's saying VR is the next platform.  PCs, then the web, now mobile, next VR.  I'm big on VR but jeez, let it take a lap or two before you declare it the world champ.

Current plans for Oculus will not change.  Facebook will help the set up more partnerships for developing more games.  A VERY good thing, that.  One of the worries is that Rift would come out, Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen, and EVE's spinoff game would support it, and it would stop dead right there because nobody else wanted to mess with it.

Now he's talking about going outside gaming... and is going out of his mind.  Some of the stuff he's talking about for social interaction make no sense at all.  Touch and smell don't work in VR, Zuckerberg, so you are not going to feel like you're "really present."

Oculus guy speaks.  Not as well but FAR more sanely.

I'm half way through this and it's into Q&A from investors.  Zuckerberg has been pretty clear that the agenda is to get ownership of a company that's going to be selling a ton of VR headsets in the future.  He did not say that Facebook would be adding digital goods to it, he just said that VR would become the way to shop in the future because it would put you IN the store (and even said something about touching the goods, which was quite wrong).

As for integrating Facebook to it... umm, if you make a VR enabled web browser then you just integrated Facebook into every VR headset.

Is there going to be more later in this half hour recording?  Because I'm getting a very strong feeling that I'm the only one who's listened to even this much.

Intocable
Intocable

@SphinxDemon Even if that's so, the OR is not out yet and already getting a lot of negative reactions, that will translate in hurtful product sales in the future, you don't want that in a product that will be coming out, Microsoft learned about that.

straightcur
straightcur

@SphinxDemon I'm guessing all the positive comments are on his Facebook page.  Those are the only people that matter now.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

@TimberWolf_CLT @HailHellfire  

no worries. i randomly found it on the Kickstarter page from one of the backers. im surprised it hasnt been passed on or that it hasnt been used for news articles. its long, but it states the exact opposite from what these guys are trying convince everyone. both Facebook, Shareholders, & Oculus Rift personnel were present for this meeting, so they are all aware of what is headed for the future.