EDIT: Oculus NOT to be rebranded, FB rebut.

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#1 Edited by Spartan070 (16361 posts) -

No seriously...

"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."

Will this be just one iteration i.e. a "Facebook model" or does this signal an eventual overall re-branding?

EDIT: Well that's good news...

#2 Edited by finalstar2007 (25308 posts) -

Due to this news with Oculus seems like even more devs are jumping to Sony

#3 Posted by Epic-gamerz (196 posts) -

Facebook is Government owned anyways. So when the Gov see an impressive tech like that, they jump on it with 2 bil. Now VR will make it easier to spy on the world through Facebook

#4 Posted by Slashkice (13241 posts) -

I wouldn't be surprised. I doubt they dropped $2B without having some sort of Facebook integration in mind.

#5 Posted by uninspiredcup (9014 posts) -

Eh, i'll wait a while before casting distaste on it.

#6 Posted by Alcapello (955 posts) -

#7 Edited by Spartan070 (16361 posts) -

@alcapello said:

People are going to be on Facebook like "no one cared who I was on the interwebs before I put on the Oculus."

#8 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8774 posts) -

People really are jumping out on the project like that? Hey, at least 2 Billion can get you a big house and not worry about anything! At least those developers have earned that money to prove their hard work to make VR at home a reality! I really doubt Facebook buying out Oculus will hurt PC sales.

#9 Posted by hippiesanta (9902 posts) -

#10 Edited by II_Seraphim_II (20494 posts) -

Dunno how I feel about this. I guess Facebook is on a spending spree I just hope it all pans out into something profitable.

#11 Posted by misterpmedia (3468 posts) -

@finalstar2007 said:

Due to this news with Oculus seems like even more devs are jumping to Sony

Ohai from my topic ;) Some people on here don't feel that this is a big deal though, heh.

OT: Lol....so it begins. RIP, OR.

#12 Edited by Shewgenja (9638 posts) -

Damn, this Facebook thing is polarizing as hell! Nice to see Morpheus getting some love lol

#13 Edited by donalbane (16363 posts) -

I hope they enjoy that Facebook money, because they won't be getting mine most likely. I am extremely anti-Facebook... never had an account, and if you have to tie one to this device, then I'm out. Glad to see there are going to be alternatives. Just wish they hadn't sold out.

#14 Posted by AdrianWerner (28058 posts) -

@finalstar2007 said:

Due to this news with Oculus seems like even more devs are jumping to Sony

Pathetic. They're showing their true colors.

#15 Posted by misterpmedia (3468 posts) -

#16 Posted by g0ddyX (3914 posts) -

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.
Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

#17 Posted by AdrianWerner (28058 posts) -

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

#18 Posted by evildead6789 (7905 posts) -

Sony executives must be dancing naked in the rain

#19 Posted by TheTruthIsREAL (761 posts) -

@AdrianWerner said:

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

And you're better because you something big to fail because one person? You're more pathetic.

#20 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (7325 posts) -

Like me on oculus rift.

#21 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

I hope Facebook doesn't destroy Oculus.

Then again the creator's shouldn't have sold out, however 2 billion is 2 billion.

#22 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (7325 posts) -

@LegatoSkyheart said:

I hope Facebook doesn't destroy Oculus.

Then again the creator's shouldn't have sold out, however 2 billion is 2 billion.

I would have sold out, too. There was no guarantee of OR being a success, after all.

#23 Posted by santoron (7775 posts) -

I think most people knew Facebook wasn't going to keep their hands off OR forever after paying two billion.

#24 Posted by Heil68 (45245 posts) -

@PurpleMan5000 said:

Like me on oculus rift.

*Heil68 Likes*

#25 Posted by hummer700 (10197 posts) -

OP left out an important part of the quote: "According to a person involved in the deal who was not allowed to speak publicly because he was not authorized by either company, Facebook eventually plans to redesign the Oculus hardware and rebrand it with a Facebook interface and logo."

You guys are over reacting. Relax until things are more concrete.

#26 Posted by Wasdie (50003 posts) -

@hummer700: Came here to say this. Not only is the source terrible, there is no real reason for them to rebrand Oculus into Facebook.

They didn't do that with Instagram or Whatsapp, there is no reason to think they'll do that with Oculus.

#27 Posted by AdrianWerner (28058 posts) -

@TheTruthIsREAL said:

@AdrianWerner said:

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

And you're better because you something big to fail because one person? You're more pathetic.

This sentence makes no sense. What the hell did you mean?

#28 Posted by TheTruthIsREAL (761 posts) -

@AdrianWerner said:

@TheTruthIsREAL said:

@AdrianWerner said:

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

And you're better because you something big to fail because one person? You're more pathetic.

This sentence makes no sense. What the hell did you mean?

I didn't proofread. You want something big like VR, Sony's VR, to fail because of a fan. That's pathetic.

#29 Edited by musicalmac (23036 posts) -

My knee-jerk reaction is to get frustrated and sad by all this FB+Oculus news. It's because something so great and promising has suddenly become so ambiguous and questionable with a partnership like the giant that is FB.

We don't know what it really means, and that's genuinely troubling. If it's just a way for Zuck to poke his head into another industry, and it won't change what we've all seen already, I won't be too bothered. I'd be pleased if it meant the cost would go down 50-100USD, too..

#30 Posted by AdrianWerner (28058 posts) -

@TheTruthIsREAL said:

@AdrianWerner said:

@TheTruthIsREAL said:

@AdrianWerner said:

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

And you're better because you something big to fail because one person? You're more pathetic.

This sentence makes no sense. What the hell did you mean?

I didn't proofread. You want something big like VR, Sony's VR, to fail because of a fan. That's pathetic.

And where did you get this idea?

#31 Posted by charizard1605 (58300 posts) -

Jesus Christ, the overreactions around this news are hilarious as all fuck.

#32 Posted by TheTruthIsREAL (761 posts) -

@AdrianWerner said:

@TheTruthIsREAL said:

I didn't proofread. You want something big like VR, Sony's VR, to fail because of a fan. That's pathetic.

And where did you get this idea?

Yep... I just made myself look like an idiot. I thought you were saying that you're hoping it fails, not the guy you were replying to.

#33 Edited by Spartan070 (16361 posts) -

@misterpmedia said:

Best one so far, easily.

#34 Posted by Spartan070 (16361 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

Jesus Christ, the overreactions around this news are hilarious as all fuck.

Hilarity is the viscus grease that oils the SW machine.

Well that, hype and apparently butthurt.

#35 Posted by EnergyAbsorber (4898 posts) -

@Wasdie said:

They didn't do that with Instagram or Whatsapp, there is no reason to think they'll do that with Oculus.

Well Oculus Rift is completely different form Instagram and whatsapp. Its not a phone app for starters. So perhaps that has something to do with it..

#36 Posted by g0ddyX (3914 posts) -
@AdrianWerner said:

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

FB Oculus Rift will be hardly be aimed for gamers and more for social media use and government use.
Sony VR will be more gaming related. Doesnt take a genius to figure that out.
All the money people put in for the start up for OR and then the team making billions out of it. Sony VR is the next viable option.

#37 Posted by lawlessx (46779 posts) -

@g0ddyX said:

@AdrianWerner said:

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

FB Oculus Rift will be hardly be aimed for gamers and more for social media use and government use.

Sony VR will be more gaming related. Doesnt take a genius to figure that out.

All the money people put in for the start up for OR and then the team making billions out of it. Sony VR is the next viable option.

You do know there are already games for the OR and games are currently in development for it right? do you have anything to support for this claim? statements from facebook?

#38 Posted by TheEroica (13726 posts) -

At the end of the day I don't really care, but I do hope that the core focus on gaming remains in tact... or possibly done proper at sony and MS (if they make one). I ultimately have zero loyalty to any of these corporations, so I dont care who integrates it into gaming...

I will say this however, if you make something that has potential of affecting a hobby you love in positive ways and someone hands you a check for 2,000,000,000 Dollars (thats NINE zeros if youre counting) and you turn it down... you are a certifiable idiot of epic proportions. Everyone has a price and something tells me the Oculus team didnt spend too much time mulling this over.

#39 Posted by g0ddyX (3914 posts) -

@lawlessx: There are support for games in OR and lot of them are in Alpha and beta build. Some have been released.
That was before FB acquired it. Team Fortress 2 for example
But it going mainstream as a gaming peripheral and experience? I only see Sony doing it properly as developers are jumping on Sony VR tech.
Pretty obvious Facebook will use Oculus Rift for Facebook purposes and that comes with the usual protocols and regulations.

#40 Posted by lundy86_4 (43567 posts) -

Were people expecting an actual rebranding? FB is clearly diversifying their portfolio.

#41 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2604 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

Jesus Christ, the overreactions around this news are hilarious as all fuck.

Yeah, I think this is the most overblown development in the electronics industry in quite some time. Never underestimate the internet's ability to make a scene over nothing.

#42 Posted by AdrianWerner (28058 posts) -

@g0ddyX said:

@AdrianWerner said:

@g0ddyX said:

Devs working with Sony's VR kit is a good thing as you know it will be for a BETTER gaming experience.

Glad Developers wont be tagging with Facebook virtual spy cam.

Lol..hoping the superior open solution to fail just because you a console fanboy.

FB Oculus Rift will be hardly be aimed for gamers and more for social media use and government use.

Sony VR will be more gaming related. Doesnt take a genius to figure that out.

All the money people put in for the start up for OR and then the team making billions out of it. Sony VR is the next viable option.

Ermm..nope. Eventually Facebook will want to expand to those markets, but it will be a long time from now. For many years forward Rift will be gaming focused, because high-end PC gamers are the only people who will be able to afford strong enough hardware to use it. Without games VR won't become popular and it would mean FB throwing away the billions they've spend. Facebook have shown they use hands-free aproach for their purchases anyway. No reason to expect Rift will be any different.

Sony VR will be inferior technically even when compared to the second dev-kit and will be plain junk compared to whatever Rift will do in their consumer version. Not to mention Rift will release new versions each year, while Morpheus will be stuck with what was shown during GDC. PS4 doesn't really have proper hardware to truly handle VR. Games will have to be heavily downraged to run on it.

From the standpoint of hardware power, games, dev support and specs Oculous Rift will be superior. The only argument you can make for Morpheus is "I like Sony more than Facebook", which isn't really a logical argument.

#43 Posted by donalbane (16363 posts) -

Well, so long as you aren't chained to Facebook, I will still think about getting one when they hit mass market. I don't care if they are financed by them, but I'll be damned if I'm going to create an account just to use something I don't intend to use for social reasons. Hell, I can't think of a more ANTI-social device.

#44 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

In other news, did you know PS3s have Facebook integration?

#45 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (7325 posts) -

Doesn't the OR require a pretty powerful PC to run games through it in HD?

#46 Posted by RageQuit4Life (378 posts) -

I won't surprise if Facebook add eye iris scanner in OR, or spy cam.

#47 Edited by Animal-Mother (26962 posts) -

@TheEroica: I dunno. There's so much more to it than "we're still doing this for you guys!" ( Almost what palmer has been saying on Reddit). And so much more we don't know.

#48 Posted by Sushiglutton (5340 posts) -

Think Oculus has made a fantastic deal, way too good to turn down imo. I wonder what FB is thinking though. They can't contribute in terms of hardware and not really that much in terms of software either. I mean they are no experts at 3D rendering. Ofcourse they can implement various social features like virtual chat-rooms or something, but I wonder how much demand there is for something like that compared to a straight up video call. Another problem is that all the other companies (Apple, Microsoft, Sony etc) will be able to copy OR if they wish and they are much better at this typ of tech.

I dunno, I can see why the FB stock dived a bit.

#49 Posted by misterpmedia (3468 posts) -

#50 Edited by Jimmy_Russell (826 posts) -

If you visit a Facebook web site, you're the product, not the consumer. The consumers of Facebook's services are multimillion dollar marketing companies, they want to know everything about you.

Facebook is a data mining, tracking, and advertising service whose users are the products.

There's no chance I would pay money for a Facebook-owned virtual reality device. Not a snowball's chance in Hell.