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CCP Stays With Oculus Rift, Notch Abandons Ship

Posted Wed, Mar 26, 2014 by Lewis B

After the industry shock that the evil empire of Facebook has purchased Oculus Rift, it seems some developers are happy while others are already turning away.

CCP having spoken to Eurogamer today confirmed that they're still interested in Oculus Rift, stating "We're very excited for our friends and colleagues at Oculus. We share their vision about the future of VR and gaming and are looking forward to participating in the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift with Eve: Valkyrie."

As far as Notch is concerned however (he's the guy who made Minecraft) he generally won't support anything that comes from Facebook's evil clutches.

Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts. Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build. Don’t get me wrong, VR is not bad for social. In fact, I think social could become one of the biggest applications of VR.

Fortunately, the rise of Oculus coincided with competitors emerging. None of them are perfect, but competition is a very good thing. If this means there will be more competition, and VR keeps getting better, I am going to be a very happy boy. I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook. Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me.

What I find interesting in this spat is the fact that having used Oculus Rift I never hear people complaining about the fact you literally feel like you've a monitor strapped to your eyes, that the picture quality is garbage and that movement is still restricted to the reliance on peripherals. This technology is in its infancy to such a degree I wouldn't be wasting time on it but when you're the creator of Facebook and you shit gold, buying up companies such as Oculus Rift is pocket change.


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