- "Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles ... Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures." writes Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook (FB) post, explaining why his company is spending up to $2.3B to buy a VR headset maker.
- Nonetheless, Zuck suggests Oculus will initially focus on its gaming opportunity. Last week, Oculus began taking pre-orders for its second-gen developer kit - it includes an updated Rift VR headset sporting a higher-res display and a camera that allows users to reposition their heads.
- Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe promises the Rift will get much more comfortable and portable over time. "A decade or two from now, it will be nothing but sunglasses." If/when that happens, Rift might be squaring off against Google Glass.
- A weekend NYT column discussing Oculus and Sony's headsets: "After trying an array of prototypes and development kits ... I can assure you that virtual reality works. Technology is no longer the limitation. The lingering question is what game designers, artists and filmmakers should do with it."
- The fact Facebook is mostly paying for both Oculus and WhatsApp with shares that have soared over the last 8 months, even though the company has $11B+ in cash/investments and could obtain cheap debt, hasn't gone unnoticed.
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