Back in September 2012, a $2.4 million Kickstarter campaign finished to help develop the next wave of immersive gaming in Oculus Rift.  The premise behind Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that puts you deeper into the game than any other headset has ever done before.  Since that Kickstarter campaign news about Oculus has penetrated all of technical media in terms of the development, the nature of the device and what sort of games are going to be able to use it.  I remember a few images of Brian and Anand trying the Crystal Cove prototype at CES this year.

The news today comes as a shock (to me at least) – Facebook has announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR Inc at a $2 billion dollar value.  This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock (~$1.6 billion on last 20 day average).

Oculus will keep their headquarters in Irvine, CA and continue development on the Rift.  With Facebook moving to the help (it is unclear at this point just how much of a role they will play), the focus may shift towards a more social scenario and future for the device, alongside the anticipated action game genre.

The deal is expected to be completed during Q2, and we are awaiting further information as to the depth of the acquisition and how each firm will operate under the new structure.  Facebook should have a lot of money from its IPO in order to help drive Oculus investment, perhaps accelerating the process.

Source: PRNewswire

"We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world," said Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR. "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."

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  • tipoo - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Save us, Lord GabeN!
  • feeblegoat - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Well seeing as valve is working on vr (they were cooperating with oculus, not sure now), Gabe just might save us.
  • Gadgety - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Visionary Luckey got another one on board.
  • da_asmodai - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    That would have been great. But it's not Luckey that got anyone on board. It's Zuckerberg that got Luckey on board.
  • Guwapo77 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Remember Demolition Man when nobody could have sex? mmhmm... ...and it's only just the beginning.
  • Nicodemus_mm - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    I'm so tempted to say "Oculus Rift Dev kit for sale. Going fast or going in the trash." Instead I'll wait a little while and see how FarceBook interferes. Damn... I'm so disappointed. I wonder how Carmack feels now and if id will take him back.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Add another notch to the I didn't see this one coming!
    As for Carmack id should take him back just too much history there not to.
  • martin2014 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    You mean, with investment like this, if Carmack will take ID back ?
  • risa2000 - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    I hope this was his plan. Otherwise I would be disappointed he agreed to this.
  • Lifted - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    Carmack is a facebook employee now.

    I'm actually looking forward to the new 3d facebook in 16 million shades of brown.

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