— La La La Logan (@logandecker) March 25, 2014
Eso fue rápido, apenas el fin de semana hablábamos de Oculus rift, su segundo dev kit, la llegada de Sony a ese espacio con Morpehus y la necesidad de todos los actores de cooperar en establecer estándares.
Y ahora nos llega esta noticia de que uno de los favoritos de Kickstarter será adquirido por Facebook por cerca de 2 millardos de dolares.
MENLO PARK, CALIF. – March 25, 2014 – Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share). The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones.
Esto es lo que Mark Zuckerberg dice al respecto:
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.
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.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
Esto es lo que se puede ver en el blog de Oculus, donde el gancho reciente era el Dev Kit 2
A few months ago, Mark, Chris, and Cory from the Facebook team came down to visit our office, see the latest demos, and discuss how we could work together to bring our vision to millions of people. As we talked more, we discovered the two teams shared an even deeper vision of creating a new platform for interaction that allows billions of people to connect in a way never before possible.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined forces with Facebook to create the best virtual reality platform in the world.
This partnership is one of the most important moments for virtual reality: it gives us the best shot at truly changing the world. It opens doors to new opportunities and partnerships, reduces risk on the manufacturing and work capital side, allows us to publish more made-for-VR content, and lets us focus on what we do best: solving hard engineering challenges and delivering the future of VR.
Markus Persson es un pendejo, una zorra gritona, que siempre está regando el miedo al cambio, este hecho, que Oculus tenga acceso a “la lana” de Facebok y la llegada de Sony a este espacio, son señales de que VR no va a ser una moda pasajera.