Zuckerberg: Oculus Rift needs to sell 50-100m units to become meaningful

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said that he hopes to sell between 50m and 100m Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets over the next ten years.

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UltimateMaster1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

Ouch! Good luck, that won't happen in one day.
If 50 Million ~100M is what you need in order get devs interested in making games for it, then I've got some bad news...

Do they think they can sell as much as the Wii? They'd be lucky to sell as much as the kinect with all the adds surrounding it (500M$ TV/internet Promo Campaign)

DarkOcelet1449d ago

It depends on how much support it will get . If it gets a major support from the devs then it will sell above 50 million .

CarlosX3601449d ago

Facebook has 800 million accounts, the marketing on their network will take care of itself. But Mark isn't using it.

I don't know why he isn't. Seriously. If I was him, I'd use facebook to get the word out.

mikeslemonade1449d ago

I'd say 10 mil to be meaningful. If you look at Gamecube, Dreamcast, and Xbox they had some lasting appeal. Only aside from the Dreamcast it was a fail and Sega couldn't do anything afterwards. If you get to 20 mil there's gonna be a crowd that will stick to this technology.

100 mil isn't just meaningful.. That's crtical mass like ipad, ps2, DS, ps1, ipod, and gameboy. To get something to 100 mil, your standards too high then. Zuckerberg should know better than that.

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badvlad1449d ago

just add porn and it will sell like crazy

Bodge1449d ago

It's funny because it's true. That's how DVD's became mainstream.

ABizzel11449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

LMAO, I can see it now.

sprinterboy1449d ago

Porn worn vhs the video cassette war just like all other formats too, vr will be no different,the tech is right for the consumer market but I think the early products or and pm won't truly take off until 5 yrs or so

Talgrath1449d ago

Exactly, it's a very niche device that only interests a small percentage of the population. Ask someone who doesn't play many video games or keep up with video game news what they think of the Oculus Rift and you will get a blank stare. It is an interesting device, but for the price point it's likely to go the way of physics cards (remember those?) rather than become ubiquitous.

Pandamobile1449d ago

It's a niche device because it's not even out yet...

Ask a person in 2005 what they thought of a Blu-ray player and they'd give you the same blank stare.

ABizzel11449d ago

I agree, unless they have something completely revolutionary planned this isn't going to happen. The hardware you need to too much to reach a gaming community that large. The projected price is too much to reach mass market appeal. The content is currently lacking right now, unless it can be easily patched into games, video, or 3D images.

There's just too much going against it. I could see 5 - 10 million, but 10x that is a dream.

3-4-51449d ago

I honestly think Oculus will sell about 1-2 million to the public.....AT BEST.

* It will sell about 10+ Million to the corporate world though.

You better believe those deals are already in place.

Ashlen1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

I fully admit I have no idea what the future holds but I can't see this catching on for mass market the way it is.

As neat as the idea of VR is, I can't see the mass populace strapping that big thing to there faces just for a bit more immersion.

I mean 3D basically failed on TV's simply because most people didn't want to wear the glasses which in most cases weigh less than a tenth of what an oculus weighs.

I feel like its one of those things that sounds really cool when you haven't tried it but in reality its more trouble than the gains provide.

Also there have been less complex versions of these devices for years but they never became popular.

This is just a modern one, I remember way back in the SNES days there were devices like this because I wanted to get one. I tried to find it on goggle but failed though.

But I did find this hilariously appropriate video in the process

GamingSinceThe80s1449d ago

Yeah they would almost have to give them away to hit those numbers with any quickness.

breakpad1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

xaxa keep dreaming Zuckerberg ..if the facebook-surveilance-machine occulus rift sells that much (and other companies will follow too--with surveillance VR machines) ..i quit gaming generally

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SpiralTear1449d ago

It was meaningful to the gaming community long before Facebook even looked its way. VR is interesting.

DougLord1449d ago

Ahahahahahahahahahhaahhahahaha hahahahahahaha

It needs to sell like PS2 or Wii!

It will sell <5mm

ninjahunter1449d ago

I can see that. But if it sold that much the media industry would shift as we know it.

WeAreLegion1449d ago

Throw TONS of money at it. Get setups in Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop with informed representatives.

Create a massive social network campaign. Get reactions from fans. Get it trending.

Schedule media events with every major source.

This thing could take off like the Wii, if they play their cards right.

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