Today there was an announcement that Facebook are buying Oculus, the people behind the groundbreaking new VR gear. Zuckerberg. It's one I can actually say I didn't see coming, despite the fact Facebook has been throwing every last cent at acquiring lately.
This very much feels the end of the journey for Oculus and gaming.
After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. 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 in your home.
Gaming is two words in this very long paragraph. And rightly so; Facebook's efforts shouldn't be about hardcore video games. Their talents aren't anywhere in that space. They're all about the average people, the masses. And be aware, that as far as I know they aren't set up with sports teams, or healthcare to be anywhere near providing such services.
Notch (Minecraft) already threw in the towel and I think it's going to be one of many people who had once viewed Oculus as the only contender, to something people are actively avoiding. I can't imagine Facebook going to big development companies and saying; "Want to partner with us on video games?"
It will also be interesting to see the dedication. A lot of Facebook companies (and other acquisitions) are often given harder goals. I look back at many technologies; Boxee and HD-DVD for prime example, that didn't meet the goals on first try, and thus were left by the wayside to wither and die or be acquired. As this is not a primary goal of Facebook, what will happen if the news of Facebooks acquisition stunts growth? Will Oculus still be around in 3 years? Or will they be integrated into the other teams as so many of the other Facebook acquisitions feel to be. Remember, 2 billion dollars is not a large sum for Facebook as many acquisitions have shown.
Time will tell, and now is an open market for all the other VR companies to scream. But I personally won't be buying an Oculus any time soon, despite it being high on my wishlist before.