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The fallout begins over Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR

Minecraft's Notch says that he will abandon efforts to release an Oculus Rift compatible version of the game, and Facebook's stock slips after acquisition.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Tue, Mar 25 2014 6:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

The fallout has already begun over the acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook that was announced earlier today. Facebook's stock began to take a hit after the announcement, which closed on the positive side for the day, but has fallen below its opening price of $64.25. This means that Facebook has lost between $1.5 and $1.8 billion in market cap in the hour or so since the acquisition announcement was made.

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The fallout does not stop there though, and some developers are announcing their plans to stop development of their games for the Oculus Rift. Most notability is Markus Persson, AKA Notch, the creator of Minecraft, who tweeted that Facebook creeps him out and as a result he would be canceling development of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift. This leaves Minecraft in VR open to just Sony when the Minecraft for PS4 launches later this year. Although there is a mod out there that already enables Minecraft to the Oculus Rift, it is in no way as intuitive as native support would be.

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The fallout on social media has been well voiced also with many leaving comments asking why Oculus VR would let Facebook buy it. Others have been predicting the death of Oculus VR as we know it, and very few have spoken positively about the acquisition. Shortly after the announcement I received several messages asking me what my thoughts on the acquisition are, and personally, I am going to withhold judgement until I see what changes will be made. I still plan on buying a Oculus Rift DevKit 2, and will continue to use my DevKit 1.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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