Facebook will buy Oculus VR, the company that makes virtual reality headsets. The deal is in the range of $2 billion. Oculus is tho’ a company that is in a start-up mode and that didn’t make a consumer product until now.
It’s headsets (Oculus Rift) are mainly used right now by video game developers to help them to change the way video games are being played.
As this will be a hot gaming thing in the next years, Sony is about to launch a VR headset as well for the PS4 console.
The future of Oculus after the Facebook acquisition? Here are some pointers :
- enjoying a game by being there on the field and sit in your virtual chair
- talk to a doctor face2face
- studying in an international classroom with students and teachers from all over the world
Also, Mark Zuckerberg believes that virtual reality will be the next thing after mobile devices.
Deal mathematics : $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at around $1.6 billion). The agreement also provides for an additional$300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones.