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Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion
In a shocking set of news, Facebook has announced that it will be acquiring Oculus VR for $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of stock valued at $1.6 billion. All together, that deal is about $2 billion.
Facebook has plans to expand Oculus Rift’s capabilities beyond gaming, applying the headset in daily activities. Facebook wants to use the Oculus Rift in, “communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas.” Facebook has dipped their toe in gaming before, but with the purchase of Oculus VR, they are taking a big dip into the pool.
“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”
“We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world,” said Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR. “We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning.”
The deal isn’t finalized yet, it is interesting to see what Oculus can do with the money that Facebook will give it. The deal is expected to be finalized in Q2 of 2014. Looks like Nintendo won’t be able to partner with Oculus VR just yet.