Why Facebook Buying Oculus VR Is Not a Bad Thing

DualShocker's Jorge Jimenez tells us why the recent Facebook purchase of Oculus VR might actually be a good thing in the long run.

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jhoward5851032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

I personally don't agree with this article b/c the NSA already have their hands in face book's back pocket.

Just about every picture uploaded on FB are added to NSA biometric data base.

I think FB is interested in the oculus for unknown reason.

TomShoe1032d ago ShowReplies(17)
MrWonderful1032d ago

I think the age of VR sex like in Demolition Man will become a reality. Many people will never leave their homes like when quagmire discovers internet porn lol.

thehitman1032d ago

Its funny that everyone thinks their information is suppose to be "private" and the government has no business using it for any reason. First of all anyone me you could write a script to dl everyone picture into a database from FB as NO ONE on FB who posts there picture has any privacy rights with their picture. Its idiots like you who make it harder for them to do their jobs and preventing another 911 because everyone is walking around with a tin foil hat. Then when something happens people will ask why didnt we know? Cus you idiots stripped them off all logical surveillance rights.

On topic VR and NSA have nothing in common lol and idk what FB will do with this tech but lets hope they will do other things besides just trying to integrate it into their current business model. Also TomShoe has a good point. They might have auquired it mainly for the patents behind the tech as most companies assets are valued by their patents. Companies usually buy other companies soley for that.

dcj05241032d ago

Their viewing my web history,tapping into my cell camera/ and email though

Hicken1032d ago

@hitman: Just stop.

There has to be a limit. I literally cried as the twin towers fell on 9/11, but I'm not gonna give up my rights so people can have the illusion of safety. It's not logical to give them access to every aspect of my life.

And no, I have nothing to hide. But nor do I have the desire for anyone to have access to everything in my life "just in case." There are most certainly other, more effective ways to gather intelligence that doesn't require keeping massive files of "private" information on every citizen in the country. You can stuff that "tin foil" BS.

As for Facebook buying OR, it's good in that it'll have plenty of monetary support now. But it's bad in that I can see Facebook using it for marketing purposes in ways I could definitely do without.

thehitman1032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

@ Hicken what rights? You do know most of the stuff about the NSA that came up they were monitoring people from OTHER countries data using american companies like FB, MS, Google. Also phone collection data lol most of that information you can find in the yellow pages. Fact is your so called rights you cherish people give away w/o thinking about it everyday, but its only when the government is using it that now our rights are being taken away lol. Unless they are knocking down your door, putting us in jail, actually using our information against us w/o proper legal permissions then stop it. I live in NYC my dad worked in manhattan when the towers fell I work a few feet away from the WTC area currently. I had to see men w/ rifles in the subway I can tell you I would much rather have the NSA monitoring suspicious activity then seeing men w/ rifles on the street because some terrorist blew up our buildings as a result of 0 awareness. Your cries will do nothing for the dead after the fact so save em. Freedom isnt free #HARDTRUTH.

In this data age everyone gives up their information whilly nilly get over it. Dont like it stay off the internet.

k3x1032d ago

One word for you: Boston. kthxbye

aliengmr1032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

We probably won't know because some idiot was spying on his girlfriend.

And that's the problem, humans are human. Seriously, humans screw up A LOT. We really try to convince ourselves that there are these special humans immune to the follies of us normal folk, but no, still imperfect humans.

Humans that really have no business with that much power and information. The act of passing our history on to succeeding generations is uniquely human. The act of learning from that history...not so much.

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Yodagamer1032d ago

Why are you so worried about just facebook, if it has internet, phone signal, or something they can track the nsa probably has already tracked. Even Google tracks stuff at an insane rate. The nsa has everyone in their back pocket which is why they are getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar as of late.

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Tehjorge1032d ago

Some elaborate scheme to covertly take retina scans of our eyes?

BOLO1032d ago

Damn didn't even think about that. Bubz

MultiConsoleGamer1032d ago

It will be great for the development of VR technology. That's a lot of money to have behind your product.

SteamPowered1032d ago

Not a lot of experience though. Oculus was working on VR for years. I wonder if this will affect the relationship with Steam. They already have Rift supported games.

parentoftheyear1032d ago

I'm guessing you can count games out for a while maybe besides Farmville. LoL. It is going to be a good thing because I could see neat potential they will use it for. I do think however games will be out on the back burner and sony will get the major advantage.

aliengmr1032d ago

Unless Sony is thinking of releasing their headset on PC, they really don't have a market advantage. The Rift also hasn't disappeared yet.

But nothing changes the fact that, while hardly the greatest news, the Rift just got a HUGE influx of cash backing it.

Sony still has plenty of challenges to overcome before they actually are in a position to have this "advantage" that everyone assumes they will get.

I'm sure that Valve will continue to provide support and if the Rift does go away Valve will probably step up. They did abandon their own VR in favor of the Rift so we'll have to see.

I mean really, lets wait a few more days at least before we proclaim the Rift DOA and Sony the VR gods.

SilentNegotiator1032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

All they have to do is finalize the design.

OrangePowerz1032d ago


Practically there are always ways to get things to run on PC. Since PC is an open platform modders find usually ways fast to get devices to work on a PC unless they use some specific connections. Like how you can use a Wii Remote as a mouse pointer on PC. VR runs trough HDMI so even if they don't officially release it for PC I don't think it would take too long until drivers pop up that make it run on a PC.

Either way I'm still not sure about the near future of VR in the next few years.

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THC CELL1032d ago

stupid of facebook buying O R| unless they are planning a console or a 3d world or something, id of been more happy em buying xbox this one is a head scratcher

parentoftheyear1032d ago

Facebook will probably turn into second life. It would be pretty awesome imo.

Audiggity1032d ago

Ummm... that would be scarily close to the 2009 Bruce Willis movie "Surrogates".

I hope this doesn't happen. I'm concerned that you may be right.

parentoftheyear1032d ago

You know that's probably their plan. I wouldn't mind being a few pounds lighter. I would probably make my avatars Hayden panetierre so I could look at myself naked all day.

majiebeast1032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

Biggest news John Carmack is now a facebook employee, if you said that to me 3 years ago i would have called you crazy.

Some dev tweeted

"Hundreds of developers just found out they're making games for Facebook."

Best response to this and had me laugh so much.

Omegasyde1032d ago

Pretty sure Carmack's street cred is going to take a huge hit.

He better go rob a liquor store quick or his soul level will minimize.

nunley331032d ago

There may be some board members that'll quit because fb bought them and more devs cancelling games like majong or shifting to morpheus because of this.

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