Oculus: "Woah, Everyone Hates Our Facebook Deal? ...Really?"

The Oculus bosses seem surprised at the negative reaction to Facebook's acquisition.

When we found out that Facebook had purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion, not everyone was enthusiastic.

In fact, the negative backlash was kinda epic.

That's what surprised Oculus VR president Nate Mitchell, who told Game Informer that while he expected some heat from their core fans, he didn't think everyone else would be so hostile concerning the sale:

"We assumed that the reaction would be negative, especially from our core community. Beyond our core community, we expected it would be positive. I don't think we expected it to be so negative."

However, Mitchell said he's seeing the discussions on Twitter and Reddit "swinging back in the opposite direction," possibly due to a drive to educate people on the deal. Mitchell emphasized that it's up to Oculus to explain why the sale made sense, and why it should be considered a good thing.

That's what Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey set out to do, by answering a lot of fan questions at Reddit. He addressed privacy concerns and what the future looks like for Oculus after Facebook's acquisition.

Hate it or love it?

Me, I don't really care about virtual reality or Facebook, so it barely registers. I do know I despise Facebook but hey, if they've got the money to make such a purchase, so be it. We gave 'em that money, after all. But do you think this deal was a bad move? If so, why?

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Published Mar. 28th 2014
  • Xavier's
    Featured Correspondent
    Could it just be that Facebook is simply a financial benefactor? What am I talking about is must be blasphemy.
  • The Big ZK
    The fuss is that Oculus was supposed to be about pushing gaming to "the next level". Now a social tracking company owns it. That's not gaming, that's pushing it into a different direction. Project Morpheus is obviously going to be the leader of the VR gaming scene now. Why do you think Minecraft devs pulled out of deal talks with Oculus? I'm sure Oculus will do big things, just not much gaming things. Good luck with the "hey let me socially interact with you through my VR headset on Facebook" endeavors Oculus. The Big ZK supports Project Morpheus and it's endeavors.
  • Ryu Sheng
    Yet you know nothing about what they plan to do do you? Notch pulled out cause he's a prat, who likes to make big gestures and then back track on them later on when he realises he was being a dick about it.

    Ultimatly though the only way VR was ever going to 'push tothe next level' was if a big spender bought it, and no matter who bought it people would have whined and complained about a sell out.

    Instead of bitching about things you don't know about why not waoit and see what they plan to do. Unless of course you already know, in which case please do tell!!
  • KeepTheBrain
    I honestly don't know what all the fuss is about.

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