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Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion.


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Initial post: 25 Mar 2014 23:23:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Mar 2014 23:30:11 GMT
Nessy says:
I was going to make a thread tomorrow asking peoples opinions on VR, Sony's new 'Morpheus' device for PS4 and the tech in general.

I just read this news...

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"I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.

Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about. We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we're in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences.

This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you're actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it's different from anything they've ever experienced in their lives.

Oculus's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.

Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there's a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.

These are just some of the potential uses. By working with developers and partners across the industry, together we can build many more. One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.

Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can't wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us."

https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101319050523971?stream_ref=1

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I'm very surprised Microsoft didn't buy them to combat with Morpheus but I guess they will have their own version of VR in the works.

Thoughts on this acquisition, Morpheus and the tech in general ?.

Personally I think VR could be the biggest tech leap in entertainment since TV if it's done right. The possibilities are endless in terms of potential software - movies, TV shows, sports events, holidays and even medical therapy.

Really looking forward to trying some Morpheus games on PS4 in the future, it has the possibility to totally change videogames. Imagine playing a game like Skyrim and you actually feel like you are in the World instead of just looking at it on a 2D screen, unbelievable immersion.

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 23:33:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Mar 2014 23:37:29 GMT
Dela says:
Go'damn it Ness I was about to post about this too!

Can you just not read any news for a while to give other people a chance to post new stuff ;-)

Anyway on the point raised - WTF? - I did not see that coming!

Is OR dead? Probably/probably not - let's see the the full picture/roadmap first before we shoot it down like the rest of the internet

One thing they won't be short of now is cash to develop the tech/experience further - surely that's a good thing?

Surely?!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 23:43:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 00:15:32 GMT
Nessy says:
Lol sorry mate :(, no one is usually around at this time so thought I would post it for the lads to discuss tomorrow.

I think PC gamers will react with anger at first but once they calm down they will see (as you say) that they have just gotten one of the biggest financial backers possible. I don't think this acquisition will change much, Facebook will simply use the tech for purposes other than AAA gaming.

I think VR is going to be absolutely huge, if Morpheus is a good experience on PS4 and they create 'killer app' games for it I could see it propelling PS4 into PS2 levels of success because casuals will eat it up for purposes other than gaming.

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 23:57:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 00:05:24 GMT
Dela says:
People always go on about how VR has failed in the past but the simple answer to that is the tech wasn't there - it is now - and I agree it will be huge

On it being a fad like 3D - totally different kettle of fish - 3D has been nailed since the 60's and has had numerous appearances in one form or another since - VR on the otherhand has never been fully available for the masses

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 00:11:05 GMT
Dela says:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFx0p_8fXXQ&feature=youtu.be

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 00:16:41 GMT
Nessy says:
I think once people try a proper big budget game franchise using VR it will be very hard to go back to looking at the game on a TV.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 01:46:39 GMT
"no one is usually around at this time so thought I would post it for the lads to discuss tomorrow."

GAF is always around ;)

GAF -> mozz -> GAF

GAF -> nessy -> banned -> Amazon

Classic!

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 07:53:24 GMT
I can't wait to walk down the High Street avoiding people zoned out on their phones checking Facebook and people zoned out with a VR headset on playing Candy Crush.

The desolate wasteland of poundshops, abandoned shopping units and 'art installations' will be ruined.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 08:27:01 GMT
Steve says:
I see Notch from Minecraft has pulled out of the deal to bring minecraft to oculous with Facebook as they "creep him out"

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 08:42:17 GMT
RABB says:
I think it's bad news. That press release reads like something from a Dystopian sci-fi film, with Facebook playing the role of the omniscient and omnipresent corporation and Zuckerberg the shady string-puller. VR would be great for gaming but I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with it in the living room. It would mean completely switching the rest of the world off and that's just not healthy in my opinion. As for what Facebook plans to use it for socially, that would be catastrophic in my opinion. Social Media is a very powerful tool, it's allowed me to maintain friendships with people all over the world, but all those friendships have been reinforced by face-to-face interaction. Giving everyone the opportunity to close themselves off from the world even more is only going to make the world a more miserable place. Who's gonna go on a backpacking trip across Europe and meet random people who you'll share amazing memories with now you can just put on a headset and 'go' wherever you like?

I just think it's a slippery slope. It's amazing technology with amazing potential, but then so are smartphones and the internet, and look what those are used for most of the time.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 09:57:33 GMT
J. Morgan says:
I think it's more of a fad. The technology is still not here for "virtual" reality. It's going to be like 3d gaming and 3d in general. After a while the requirements start to become a bit of a chore.

The only thing that could really launch mainstream VR is VR porn. Just like it put VHS into mainstream use. Otherwise Facebook is just going to be like "Home" just veiwed through funny goggles.

Don't get me wrong I'm exited to see the gaming applications. But I don't believe it will change the TV/Console setup fundamentally just like motion did very little to alter the controller we have been using for 20 something years.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 10:04:49 GMT
RABB says:
"The only thing that could really launch mainstream VR is VR porn"

It will surprise no-one to learn that the Japanese are already working on that. Complete with a robotic arm for ultimate immersion.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 10:09:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 10:10:50 GMT
J. Morgan says:
There is already a VR game complete with d**k attachment. It's just not very real looking. If they can actually make something like that which looks real VR will sell in the billions.

The robotic arm reminds me of that Big Bang episode..

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 10:14:09 GMT
Anything that has Facebook attached to it is bad news imo. I was absolutely horrified when thet bought out WhatsApp, especially considering I had bought another year of service only two days before it was announced.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 12:01:00 GMT
noblood says:
Facebook's acquisition of Occulus Rift is suspicious to me, even though the chief of Occulus has said it will still be about games.

Hopefully, it will mean cheaper kit and accelerated development but still cannot help feeling that Occulus have sold their soul.

I want the Morpheus tech to succeed even more now, not because it is Sony, but because it is not Facebook.

Interestingly, Microsoft have been quiet on this so can only assume they have their own VR headset under wraps.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 12:11:42 GMT
Beck says:
I think this can only be a good thing for the chances of VR succeeding.. OR now has no financial barrier in bringing its vision to the masses. Yes Facebook will want more social related applications for OR, but the development will be fast tracked with the money. Also any technological breakthroughs will benefit Sony also, so this is good news for VR in general.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 13:40:49 GMT
J. Morgan says:
The most useful thing VR can do as far as gaming goes is to free up the look function. If you can look where your eyes go (or head) that will be quite useful. Of course you will need to "know" the pad, since you won't be able to look at it while wearing the headpiece. This could possibly lead to something similiar to Nintendo's old glove controller. Games like Deep Down would probably do rather well in VR (played something similiar in fact) but the one I'm waiting for is a driving game. I have not played a driving game since learning to drive (since they feel nothing like driving) being able to look around, while driving for some reason exites me.

Motion and VR are kind of a disaster waiting to happen so I don't think we will see much in that area anyway.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 13:46:48 GMT
I quite fancied trying out the Oculus for driving games and horror games.

Although, every time its mentioned, scenes from Wall-E seem to pop into my head ? WTF !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BQPV-iCkU

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 13:49:49 GMT
J. Morgan says:
Something like Outlast would have to carry a warning for people with weak hearts. Maybe they could ship a special "underwear" edition because you would probably need it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 13:59:20 GMT
RABB says:
THIS. This exactly.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 14:56:22 GMT
Beck says:
I think any scary 'experience' through VR headset is going to have to be carefull. With the screen glued to your eyeballs so there is no outside interference, any jump scare is gunna be a lot more powerfull then current TV screens.

Will be great for those of us that can handle it, just dont let grandma have a go after some Xmas sherry. :-)

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 16:36:22 GMT
Nessy says:
I think at least Sony's version of VR is going to heavily use a controller and the headset is simply used to replace the right analogue stick in first person games. I do worry that VR would be shoehorned into every single game though, there would be no need for it in a 2D platformer for instance.

I suppose the proof will be in the pudding with Morpheus, I won't judge it until I've tried it.

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 16:42:34 GMT
Nessy says:
Project Cars to support Morpheus -

'Project CARS... meet Project Morpheus!'

"Here at Slightly Mad Studios we're always striving for new ways to immerse the player in the race experience beyond the couch, the controller, and the television.

Therefore, building upon all the techniques and features we've pioneered in our previous games to simulate a sensation of speed, distance perception, changing focal points, and physically-accurate cockpit and helmet views, we're proud to announce today that Project CARS will be supporting Project Morpheus giving players a totally fresh and exhilarating new perspective on what it feels like to sit in the cockpit of a high-performance machine screaming around a beautiful location.

Virtual reality is a perfect fit for racing games since the game world literally comes rushing towards you from the distance and the increased sense of depth and speed that stereoscopic vision affords you makes this incredibly real and tangible. So when you're racing you get a much better perception of distances and position and you feel far more enveloped by that world rather than just looking through a window at it.

Project Morpheus also allows you to see detail you might have otherwise missed... Via our interior cameras not only can you look around the cockpit and see everything from a first-person perspective, but using head-tracking via the PlayStation®Camera you can also now move around the cockpit too - peer closer at some intricate detail or turn around and look out of the back window.

We think players are going to be blown away by Project Morpheus when they get their hands on it. Project CARS is all about stepping into the shoes of a race driver and taking that ultimate journey towards the hall of fame. Virtual reality and Project Morpheus are going to allow you to experience every start light, every corner, every finish line now through the driver's eyes like never before.

This is Beyond Reality."

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 16:43:40 GMT
"headset is simply used to replace the right analogue stick in first person games"

So it'll be perfect for owls who play CoD, but for lesser humans we'll have to settle for 180 degree movement........

I think the right analogue will still be used to turn your character and aim the gun, but the head tracking would move the view point, you'll have to make sure you centre your head when you're taking aim.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 16:54:27 GMT
Nessy says:
"I think the right analogue will still be used to turn your character and aim the gun, but the head tracking would move the view point, you'll have to make sure you centre your head when you're taking aim."

Yeah that's what I meant lol.
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