It looks like Facebook wants to own every single piece of new gadgetry. It hasn’t been long since they bought the social media app WhatsApp for $19 billion and they’ve just announced that they will be purchasing the new virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will buy Oculus headset because they see a real potential in it to become the future of social media, changing the ways we communicate, work and play.
Oculus is a 3D headpiece that you put over your eyes and connect it to a computer to start playing. It’s only available to its developers for now but since its release, Oculus has gained a lot of positive reviews from gadget critics. It is rumored that a consumer version of the headpiece will be on the market later this year. Another virtual reality headset is Sony’s Project Morpheus that was revealed recently and seems to be the Oculus’ only competitor for the time being. Besides creating games, Oculus wants to expand and create apps for other areas like automobiles, architecture, education and marketing.
Facebook Will Buy Oculus Headset and explore other areas of communication
Some say that Facebook will buy Oculus headset because they want to further explore the virtual reality domain and integrate it into the communication, education and entertainment fields. Mark Zuckerberg further explained: “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.”
The transaction between Facebook and Oculus will close by the second quarter of 2014 and Oculus will keep its headquarter in Irvine, California.
We really hope that the reason Facebook will buy Oculus headset is to finally develop a way in which we can enjoy a virtual vacation or adventure without really leaving our room.