Oculus Rift will "eventually" be redesigned with Facebook branding - Report

Facebook interface and logo to make its way onto Oculus Rift hardware.

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UPDATE: Facebook stepped in to officially debunk this rumor from the New York Times. Facebook has no plans on redesigning the Oculus interface or logo to reflect the recent acquisition.

The original story appears below.

Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR has reportedly led to plans for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to be rebranded with a Facebook interface and logo.

According to The New York Times, a source involved in the deal revealed that Facebook will "eventually" redesign the Oculus Rift hardware to use the social media platform's logo and interface.

The social media company announced its acquisition of Oculus VR earlier today. The buyout is worth an estimated $2 billion. Following the news, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey explained why the deal makes sense.

The news was met with a particularly strong reaction from Minecraft creator Notch, who proceeded to cancel development for the Oculus Rift version of Minecraft.

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Discussion

288 comments
ecurl143
ecurl143

The fact is, Facebook can do what the hell they like with this tech, since they own it outright.

As for a logo across the front, who gives a damn.

Take my money now.

Zloth2
Zloth2

What would "using a Facebook interface" even *mean* for a VR headset!?  The logo thing at least is plausible but an interface??  Media Fail.

jazilla
jazilla

Maybe remove this from the front page now that it's BEEN DEBUNKED?!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I was going to say that there's no way I'd buy anything with the facebook logo stamped right across it, but in reality I'm not going to buy it anyway. I'll never knowingly give facebook any of my dosh.

motorxd
motorxd

Good job on the click-baiting Gamespot...


According to my source over at the local potato-peelery I was told the facebookulus rift is also being fitted with some robotic arms designed to massage the stress from your temples as you fight furiously to shoot 3D "thumb ups"....

I should really apply to Gamespot.

JustWingin_IT
JustWingin_IT

Well at least the all seeing eye similarity part of the logo will fit right into their hive mind mentality.

omar_q
omar_q

The fuck would Facebook even do with this tech? Seriously. 

hystavito
hystavito

This is totally within the realm of possibility and not unreasonable to expect.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

This is like Walmart buying Steam. Just plain weird and unsettling.

unforgivensheep
unforgivensheep

If you read the actual deal , it included 400 million cash plus 21.6 million shares of facebook stock ( 1.6 billion dollars ) . So why be worried, Oculus could just buy 28,4 million more shares and take controlling share of facebook if they don't like where facebook is taking them . I don't see Facebook making bad choices with Oculus !. Personally it helps get the VR headset closer into production that way devs can come out with games.

AnonymousSquid
AnonymousSquid

Even though I'm happy for Occulus because it secures their technology, well, carrying the Facebook logo on me is a turn off.


At least you can always paint it or cover it with stickers.


https://www.google.ca/search?q=fuck+facebook&rlz=1C1CHFX_enCA527CA527&espv=210&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Wz4zU561Bezy2gW66IGIBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1381&bih=1494#imgdii=_

wretch1d
wretch1d

i suddenly dont want one of these, id buy a PS4 and their system first, heres hoping MS  make one or its not happening for me

blueknight1st
blueknight1st

I love it, Facebook that you wear. I had a feeling that this pile would turn out to be nothing more than a Virtual Boy on steroids.


There's your future of gaming. Enjoy.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Will the Oculus Rift units without such a logo then become valuable items and sold for lots of money on ebay? Or is the fact that Facebook now owns Oculus enough to sink demand and make people only buy it after it has been improved and gotten a reduced price?

Epsilons
Epsilons

This article make me puke in my mouth !

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Wait, but I thought they just claimed "We promise we won't change anything"?


Lying pieces of trash.

feeb1e
feeb1e

Something tells me that this story is a half-truth.  It seems a little early for something like this to be a solid decision.  The OR is more akin to a monitor than a computer.  What "interface?"  A Facebook branded interface would likely be used in Facebook software.  If  you're using the OR to play a game, you'll be using the game's interface.  Granted, they could interface the hardware with a proprietary application, but that would be hacked before the hardware even hits shelves.

Bugermeister
Bugermeister

It's nothing a piece of black tape can't fix.

Ha2e
Ha2e

thats pretty funny. Having something stuck to your face that reads Facebook.

mach-stem
mach-stem

Completely lost all interest in the OR now.  I had high hopes, but I'll wait for the other VR clones to start coming out.  I imagine some engineers already have something down the line that could compete well against this monstrosity of a merger.


Oh well, as many have implied:  it was cool while it lasted.

Grim_Jackal
Grim_Jackal

Does anyone know what Facebook wants to do with this tech yet? I mean, does anyone here want to view Facebook as an all-encompassing interface? I'm just fine with it being on my monitor.

Hop103
Hop103

Suckerburg is trying to become too powerful, can't the feds send drones so he can stop his advance.

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

Soon you won't see anything beyond FB. Soon.

blueknight1st
blueknight1st

Yeah, this is really the future of gaming. Facebook that you use up close to your eye. It's like puking on a pile of s***.

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

Just keep putting salt on the wound, yep, just keep pouring

zeing
zeing

I still had hope until I read "Facebook Interface". Notch was right to back out immediately. We'll just have to hope for another to make our dreams come true.

Boddicker
Boddicker

Meh.


The speculation about the future of VR was fun while it lasted.  Hopefully Sony's VR doesn't completely bomb.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

To all the apologists, just leave.

Go.

Get the **** out of here before we rip you apart to pieces.


For everyone else, we already knew that Facebook would ruin the Oculus Rift and this news just confirms it.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

Zuckerberg and co. have misjudged their audience, I believe. The average person who uses FaceBook on a regular basis are obsessed with the idea of communicating pitty-pat BS with other bored individuals, FOR FREE. To think that could be replicated in a $300+ vr headset is...ridiculous. Mrs. Thompson is not going to buy a vr headset to "see the words in 3D" just to tell Janey what she's having for dinner. You've got the wrong audience here, Mark...

KiLLLeR150
KiLLLeR150

Despite how far the Rift had come, it seems it can still come to a grinding halt and become utter shit. What a shame.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

I think the minute this thing is shown in public with a big FaceBook symbol on the side, it becomes a FAIL...

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

eww lost all interest in the OR, I think ill go for the sony vr headset now.

lostn
lostn

Can't wait till people do their facebooking with a VR headset on.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

to the naysayers who said to give facebook a chance... what do you say to this? they aren't simply investors on this project. they are branding and incorporating the device into their ecosystem, all their shady practices included. what will happen to proper pc game support on steam now? will certain games be exclusive to shitty facebook browser games? too many questions, i don't like where it is going. 


get behind sony's vr headset. it is designed for core gamers without all the bs attached. 

wretch1d
wretch1d

@jomes_morks  $2b.............nothing is going to change even if you get 2b signatures

wretch1d
wretch1d

@Ha2e  and if it becomes an e reader as well holy shiat the hilarity

Sideways8_4ever
Sideways8_4ever

@Grim_Jackal  the main selling point is that you can play virtual farmville. i mean, who in the hell wouldn't want to play virtual farmville??????

feeb1e
feeb1e

@MonstaTruk I think he's banking on how things will be far later down the road.

feeb1e
feeb1e

@Xristophoros Why get behind any VR headset?  Just get behind VR in general and wait to see how things play out before you buy.  That's the way this always works.  There's nothing that Oculus is doing that others aren't already doing.  In the end, the winners and losers are determined by consumers.


Somehow I don't think that Zuckerberg would release a powder blue VR headset with a giant facebook logo on it if he thought his launch audience would abandon the product.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@feeb1e @Thanatos2kA source revealed to the New York Times.


They're a little more credible than "Eddie thought it would make a good troll article."