Back when Facebook purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion, not many were happy with the deal. Almost everyone questioned what a social media giant will do with a virtual reality headset company, and both the companies were not clear enough about their plans for the future.
But today, fans have some clarity about Oculus’s partnership with Facebook as the company CEO Brendan Iribe while talking at the TechCrunch Disrupt event said that the company was planning for a MMO with over a billion players in partnership with Facebook.
“This is going to be an MMO where we want to put a billion people in VR,” said Iribe while talking at the event.
But launching a MMO won’t be an easy task especially when the target is over a billion users. Iribe accepts this fact and even adds that the company thought the best place to start would be from Facebook’s vast networks.
This could be one of the biggest reasons for the company to team up with Facebook. Even if Oculus had joined up with a traditional gaming company, it would not have the amount of resources that it has with Facebook. And while gaming is definitely the main focus of the company, it plans to go big with the help of the social media giant.
“Do you want to build a platform that has a billion users on it, or only 10, 20, or 50 million?” asks Iribe to the attendees at the event.
Mobile devices outsell gaming devices by a considerable margin and Iribe made sure that this point was brought up during his talk at Disrupt. The company is really looking to grab a large user base with its virtual reality headset and it aims to make Oculus Rift VR a device as popular as the iPhone. So during his talk, Iribe asks to the audience, “Do we want to be a Game Boy or an iPhone?”
Things seem somewhat clear now, given that the basic purpose of collaborating with Facebook is finally known. Iribe adds that he wants the VR headset to become a tool for real life like conversations. And while the graphic technology for devices is not yet advanced for life like faces, even cartoon like ones should be a step forward.
With Facebook, this looks like a possibility and hence, gaming enthusiasts can expect something great from the company in the coming years.
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