Luckey: Facebook's Oculus acquisition 'a special moment for the game industry'

Luckey: Facebook's Oculus acquisition 'a special moment for the game industry'
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

March 25th 2014 at 10:37PM

Partnership 'lays out a clear and obvious path' for the future of virtual reality

Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey says Facebook's $2bn acquisition of the firm is “a special moment for the game industry”.

Taking to Reddit, the VR pioneer said he was initially skeptical about Facebook's interest, but believes such a partnership makes sense and offers a “clear and obvious path” to delivering virtual reality to everyone.

He stated that very little would change at the company day-to-day, but the firm would now have substantially more resources to build its team and the tech. Luckey added he was confident VR would “change the way we play games forever”.

“In the end, I kept coming back to a question we always ask ourselves every day at Oculus: what’s best for the future of virtual reality? Partnering with Mark and the Facebook team is a unique and powerful opportunity,” said Luckey.

“The partnership accelerates our vision, allows us to execute on some of our most creative ideas and take risks that were otherwise impossible. Most importantly, it means a better Oculus Rift with fewer compromises even faster than we anticipated.

“Very little changes day-to-day at Oculus, although we’ll have substantially more resources to build the right team. If you want to come work on these hard problems in computer vision, graphics, input, and audio, please apply!

“This is a special moment for the gaming industry - Oculus’ somewhat unpredictable future just became crystal clear: virtual reality is coming, and it’s going to change the way we play games forever.

“I’m obsessed with VR. I spend every day pushing further, and every night dreaming of where we are going. Even in my wildest dreams, I never imagined we’d come so far so fast.

“I’m proud to be a member of this community - thank you all for carrying virtual reality and gaming forward and trusting in us to deliver. We won’t let you down.”

You can read more details on Facebook's acquisition of Oculus here.