No turning back on this now. Oculus has officially denied Zenimax’s claims that Oculus used their code, and they are going to court.
The fight for VR tech has gone nuclear, guys. Zenimax has officially filed a suit against Oculus VR.
The founder of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey has said that the system will require an “ungodly amount of money” if it is ever to sell on the mass market. Whilst speaking on a panel, Luckey explained that the $2 billion Facebook buyout was what was required to help get the system on sale.
“Virtual reality isn’t something you can do very cheaply,” Luckey said, speaking at a NeuroGaming Conference panel. “It’s interesting because, y’know, all of us are working with hardware and I think we all know how difficult it is to launch a consumer hardware product, especially when you need to have some kind of critical mass in order to get to mass market. With a software product you don’t have any overhead, you don’t have to make a million copies for a couple of hundred dollars each before you sell them you can just, y’know, scale organically as you go.
Zenimax, owners of id software, have accused former id dev and co-founder John Carmack of taking software he has made for Zenimax to Oculus Rift. The situation seems this close to a lawsuit.
Oculus VR’s deal with Facebook is certainly an unpopular move, and many people, such as developer and project crowdfunder Notch, have legitimate reasons to criticize the company heavily. However, it’s taking things a step too far when the devs receive death threats, and that, unfortunately, is what happened.
Facebook has outright denied rumors that they will be rebranding the Oculus Rift with its own logo and interface. They affirm their earlier statement that Oculus will operate independently, in the same way they have for Instagram.
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Mojang and Minecraft top honcho Notch, aka Markus Persson, has announced that they are pulling out of plans of releasing the game to Oculus Rift, following news that Facebook is set to acquire them. In a word, Markus does not trust Facebook.
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
We know you want to know more. Details after the jump.
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Facebook has revealed they are finalizing plans to purchase the Oculus Rift, for $ 2 billion. The terms of the purchase will be finalized by Q2 of this year.
Facebook has revealed that games on their platform are still making decent revenues even if the social network is struggling with keeping their users.
For the last quarter ending December 31, revenue from total payment and fees added up to $ 241 million. Revenue is up 8 percent, although again this comes exclusively from desktop users, a declining userbase for the network.
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