Facebook announced today that it is acquiring Oculus VR, the developers of the Oculus Rift VR headset for $2 billion. This was revealed today when yours truly saw a post that Zuckerberg accidentally posted on his personal account, which is then confirmed by a news article posted on StreetInsider.com. An investor relations call at 3:15pm Pacific Time is scheduled to occur talking about this acquisition.
“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow. Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate,” said Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world. We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning,” said Oculus VR CEO and co-founder Brendan Iribe.
Oculus Rift to me is primarily a gaming platform, but Facebook’s acquisition implies that this is going to be something so much more. I’m curious as to why Facebook is doing this, but this is sure to be something that’s going to be talked about this year. What are your thoughts on this surprise announcement?