Oculus Rift – the forthcoming Virtual Reality headset – is an incredible piece of technology that has been gaining anticipation for finally offering users the immersive experience they’ve longed for. In terms of gaming, however, fans are still seeking all the information they can get; CEO Brendan Iribe discussed Oculus’ own ambitious project, saying, “This is going to be an [Massively Multiplayer Online] where we want to put a billion people in [Virtual Reality].”
Though no further details were outed, Iribe did go on to say that this MMO – in addition to breaking records – would likely not be one built purely for gamers. Comparing Game Boys to iPhones and Androids, where “handheld gaming device[s] [are] largely disrupted by the mobile market,” Iribe feels, “for VR, where we want to go, connecting a billion people, do you want to be building a platform that has a billion users on it, or 10 or 20 or 50 million?”
By saying this, many gamers’ fears of the company striving towards a more social platform upon being acquired by Facebook have likely returned. Though, as Iribe assures them, Oculus is “very committed to gaming,” citing the company is largely comprised of industry veterans in key positions, such as former id Software head John Carmack as CTO, and former Valve programmer Michael Abrash. What's more, Iribe went on to ease fans' worries of the Facebook program simply being rehashed with VR, proclaiming both Oculus and Facebook have the same goal of connecting people.
But what are your thoughts, g1s? Is over a billion users a little too ambitious, even for Oculus? Does this upset you from a gaming standpoint? Or would you be interested in giving a VR MMO a try, even if it isn’t game? Be sure to leave your thoughts down below!
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