Poll: How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook’s Acquisition of the Device?

April 4, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This was originally planned to be last week's poll but then Leland Yee, a guy who spoke ill of the moral depravity and illegal behavior exercised within the virtual settings of violent video games, was arrested for allegedly dabbling in real-life moral depravity and illegal behavior including bribes and gun running.

So, yeah.  I went with that for a poll topic instead.

But, it's a new week and its time to learn your opinions on Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of the Oculus Rift (a virtual reality headset for games and potentially other applications) and what affect it will ultimately have on the device.

EZK and I, along with special guest Jeremy Powers, discussed this at length on the last podcast but we want to know what you think.  Is this a positive or negative thing?  Will it have any affect at all?  Do you even care about the Oculus Rift in the first place?

Vote in the poll!  Leave us a comment!  Send us an email (SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com)!  We'll reveal the poll results and share your thoughts on the next podcast!  Hurry though; we record this Sunday!  Exclamation point!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


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My general take is that it does not matter if Facebook does anything with it or not.  Oculus's strongest point was its development community, and part of the reason it had such a strong community was image.

Facebook brings the taint of 'uncool', and that will probably scare off developers (how many remains to be seen), and people tend to be effected by such things more then they like to think.

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Chances are, they won't do anything to hinder the product. At least not in the near future, maybe after a generation or two of the VR products.

The worse that they might do is require a facebook account for downloading the drivers, but that doesn't seem likely. Plus, people will find a way to get around it, either by creating accounts with fake info, or just finding the downloads elsewhere.

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Well, it means I probably won't be using Oculus Rift.  I bet they force you to tie it to a Facebook account.  I have never used Facebook, and I don't expect I ever will.  A nifty VR gadget certainly isn't going to change that.

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I've joked about this whole thing and I've enjoyed some of the humorous reactions to it, but I really don't see Facebook being able to do anything 'sinister' with it. I think its success will lie in how well it works and if it is a useful peripheral. Speaking for myself, for some of my PC gaming it'll be useless because I need to see my keyboard. For games that just need a controller it could potentially be great.

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Given their love for advertising and the cash they can rake in through it. They could easily use it to monitor peoples use of the device, and if there ever were an outward facing eye for AR games, they could even likely look into your home for more advertising opportunities by identifying various things you own.

Something even MS is being watched for through the Kinect. Whether it'll happen or not remains to be seen. But it is possible, and FB would be very likely to at least try.

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If they are smart they'll leave it alone. Their purchase has already generated a lot of skepticism and hate, pulling some silly monetization stunt or trying to make people connect it to a Facebook will seriously hurt it's appeal.

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Heh, and hurt is putting it lightly.

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