EVE: Valkyrie still coming to Oculus Rift despite Facebook buyout

EVE: Valkyrie

By on March 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Unlike Notch who very publicly cancelled a Minecraft deal for the Rift after the Facebook buyout yesterday, EVE: Valkyrie developers CCP have confirmed they are still going ahead with support for the platform.

“We’re very excited for our friends and colleagues at Oculus,” said a CCP spokesperson to Eurogamer.

“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.”

Oculus’ original Kickstarter page has been hit with a barrage of complaints from angry backers, many of whom feel “betrayed” by the Facebook deal.

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Oculus Rift is quite the impressive piece of technology and even if Amazon, Twitter, Google or any other company bought Oculus VR I will still buying an Oculus Rift to play Star Citizen. Also of course there are plenty of good games coming to Oculus Rift.


The uproar basically stems from the fact that it wasn’t a company like Google that bought Oculus VR, but rather a company that makes it’s considerable profits from only advertising and selling information, they offer a trivial service, with no desire to innovate*.

And then there’s the whole can of worms with the fact it was kickstarted. Nobody who backed the Oculus Rift intended to fund a 2 billion dollar acquisition by facebook (to use Notch’s wording). What I fear is that the Oculus Rift is now beholden to Facebook and may be an expendable corporate asset to maintain Facebook’s profitability. We may see many technical compromises on hardware in order to push the rift to the masses in order to make that 2 billion dollar outlay worthwhile for Facebook.

Perhaps the essence of the outrage is this: the Oculus Rift was originally made possible through the funding of tech and gaming enthuisiasts and they were the market and the focus. I don’t really believe Gabe Newell was, free of charge, collaborating, giving technology to and helping Facebook to produce a VR device. He was intending to help Oculus, a gaming centric, open platform startup. But, nobody at this stage knows Gabe Newell’s stance, or John Carmack’s stance, so most of this is speculation for now. There is an overwhelming feeling of idealogical betrayal at this time. A company that specialises in rubbing your face in people’s inane and contrived representations of their lives and sells personal information now holds would could have been, could be, the future of digital entertainment.

So does Zuckerberg permit Oculus VR to maintain its identity and cater to tech enthuisiasts as it’s first priority, but with unlimited resources? Or are we looking at Oculus Farmville? Is Zuckerberg doing an Elon Musk and using his resources to further a technology he actually believes in? I hope so. These are exciting times, maybe shatteringly disappointing times we live in.

*in anything that actually matters, maybe, until now?.


If i could ‘like’ your post heatho I would.

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