And while I'm on that subject on not counting to ten, I apologize CCP Karuck. My comment was too harsh. You no doubt knew more about the topic than I did last night. I am still not convinced this will be good for VR in the mid to long term, but I admit it will probably give the hardware a healthy injection of development capital. In the short term, that is a positive. In a year we will know if that carries into the future. But for now, thanks for being a cool dude.
For those who are, like me, coming off their post announcement rantosterone, there is a whole lot of good stuff over on the Oculus sub-reddit concerning the acquisition. Palmer Luckey and other's go to great lengths to talk everyone down. JD-Dragon put together a great Imgur of Palmer's responses. I found myself nodding to many of the sentiments expressed there. As to my feelings on the subject 18 hours later, I think this post by sooperskip sums up my current state of mind quite nicely,
I've read every single post ok the last day on this subreddit. I've learned all I can about the deal. Most importantly I've slept on it.
Here's where I'm at: My initial reaction was the same as many here; shock and betrayal. Having had time to think about it I find it is not nearly as dire as I had initially perceived it to be. At the end of the day Oculus now has capital backing like they couldn't have possibly dreamed of. This means exciting potential for the CK1. This means manufacturing dream panels and foveated rendering. This means the capacity exists to research and develop input devices that we unimaginable two weeks ago. More than anything though this means one gigantic accomplishment; it insures VR is actually here and will become the world changer we hoped would be. It legitimizes an entire industry. It does what none of us homespun evangelists have tried so desperately to do... It shows the public that VR is a viable vision for the near future and beyond and it puts it on EVERYONE'S doorstep. I will stand fast with my hope that Palmer, Nate and John will have the autonomy to still fashion their dream for the ecosystem... for the 'Metaverse.' I will believe that they still have control of the path that Oculus takes as they suggest. Even if they do not, even if Facebook fucks it all up, it will be too late. VR will have already become adopted by the masses. Other players will come into play and we will have choices as to how we interface with virtual worlds. By the time the Rift evolves into a dreaded data mining and banner ad device, should that be the path, VR will have become as viable a commodity as the Internet which implies that there will be countless competitors with vastly different consumer relation strategies. Nonetheless all of this, the true adoption of VR, will have been made possible by yesterday's acquisition.
I don't know what the future holds for Oculus and the Rift, none of us do, but I am choosing to believe that there dream for the future is not dead but only co-opted by an entity with bottomless pockets thus more real than ever. I am choosing not to throw the baby out with the bath water.
So counter to what I said last night when I was less than firmly in control of my emotions, I will not be walking away from EVE: Valkyrie - so long as Zuckerberg stays in the background and keeps is thin-lipped mouth shut and his greasy fingers out of the proverbial pie; so long as he leaves Oculus Rift development firmly in the hands of Palmer Luckey and John Carmack, I'll go along for the ride. And I'll grudgingly accept it will make that puerile douche bag Zuckerberg even richer than he already is. One thing you can say about him, at least he's consistent. He got rich off Facebook and that was someone else's hard work too.