Its a pretty hot topic this one and i feel i need to voice my opinion on it, as i’m getting more and more fed up with the unintelligent comments i keep reading.
Facebook buying Oculus is a good thing.
Regardless of the outcome of the Oculus Rift as a product, its good for VR and gamers for many reasons.
Firstly, the financial backing should bring the price down and speed up development. You get it faster and cheaper. Yay. Secondly, the more mainstream a product becomes, the more competition it gets. Clones will surface, more options will become available, products will evolve faster, prices become cheaper, get better, more games are supported..
I don’t think i need to say any more?
So what will Facebook do that will screw the Rift up specifically? Put ad’s on it? Would have happened anyway in some form, don’t be naive. You don’t think the 15 title screens you sit through at the start of a modern “AAA” game is not advertising? That’s a game you paid for and it still contains ads. Get your priorities in order.
“Facebook is an evil company and its overrun with jerks, unsubscribed long ago”.
Okay. So what’s that got to do with the Rift? You think your virtual display will be flooded with updates and status’s from these jerky people? So you don’t mind the constant notifications and pop-ups from Steam and other online delivery systems, but if its from a Facebook powered service its not okay?
There is so much unintelligent bullshit being spewed by elitist fanboy’s its ridiculous. These people have a false sense of entitlement of a company and product, simply because they supported it or backed it.
I’m not a big fan of Facebook. I rarely use it these days, and when i do, its only to keep in contact with long distance friends i never get to see and to quickly organize social events or to post something i found interesting. I unsubscribed long ago, so my email is not bombarded with inane status’s and pictures of lattes and “my new golf bag!!”. I honestly don’t care about what “evil” things Facebook apparently does with peoples information. I don’t provide any more than the most basic of details, and, its not like im posting valuable secrets on there anyway. I’m not the Soup Nazi about to lose my million dollar recipe for cream of mushroom.
To post on Google+ that Facebook is evil and overrun with jerks, is a double standard of extreme magnitude. I see more bullshit in my personal and public G+ feed than i ever do on Facebook. At least on Facebook i can specifically block someone, yet on G+, nothing you can do will stop the flood of motivational quotes, 7 headed cobras, animated sparkly flower gifs, religious quotes, and my most-hated of all, gun bullshit. I’m so fed up with gun propaganda on Google+, that you will be seeing a post specifically about it here soon. Seriously.
Never, ever forget, that Google is an advertising company. They sell ads tailored specifically to the viewer. How do they do this? They collect your information and monitor your online movements. You have a Google phone in your pocket, a google tablet on your coffee table, a google chromebook laptop in your office, a pair of google glasses and a google watch. You’re basically a walking advertising company, proudly posting pictures of yourself wearing it in all its dorky glory, yet your posting about how evil Facebook is and is overrun with immature jerks, and that it should have been Google that bought Oculus?! You ignorant elitist brony-loving nerdy douche bag!
I predict Oculus will eventually launch their own online delivery system similar to Steam, running on some kind of modified Facebook powered software. We will have an online community where we can network with friends, keep up to date with new commercial Rift titles, indie titles, demos, updates, patches, products, competitions, promotions and discounts. Yes, how terrible it all sounds!
Carmack always talked about the Rift one day running its own OS, possibly an Android system that you use to launch games and run apps on. It probably would have evolved into its own Rift branded OS anyway, and it would have had ads on it and some kind of social network ecosystem. The only difference now, is it will happen faster and with support from an established and experienced company. And anyone who suggest Facebook cant provide a safe online environment, free from hackers and other software issues, is again being incredibly naive. Steam and PSN have had more than enough problems, and millions still use those services.
I’ll say it again. Facebook buying Oculus is a good thing for VR and gamers.
Turning your back on them now because of this, is an incredibly stupid decision, and anyone who does must have iron ingots in their head.
My opinion on this wont change, even if compatibility with this project is compromised. There will be other VR systems, and some of them will probably be better. People are modding the Rift DK1 with HD displays and will no doubt mod the DK2 as well, so get over it.
Its a good time for gamers!