Virtual Reality is becoming more and more of a possibility of the future with many companies joining in on the hunt to be the first to release a commercial headset. Sony, and Oculus are two of a handful of companies who probably closest to producing and eventually manufacturing the headset to be sold in masses. Oculus however might have a bigger advantage with the product called the “Oculus Rift” because they have been bought out by Facebook for 2 billion dollars and the Chief Technology Officer of the company, John Carmack, thinks the deal was necessary.
VR technology has been around for awhile but the cost of actually purchasing one has always been to high for the average consumer, and if you managed to buy it, they were extremely uncomfortable. However within the last few years, the technology has become cheap enough to make it commercial and advanced enough to make it comfortable and look a lot better I would presume. This is why the buyout of Oculus by Facebook is very big. Sony will be at a disadvantage mainly due to money issues and the continuous losses from many of its departments. For Oculus and Facebook, there investment means more chances can be taken and an actually product may hit the shelves soon.
John Carmack stated “I never thought it would be them, but Facebook gets the big picture”, in response to a series of questions in his interview. What the big social networking giant has in store for VR technology, we are not sure, but something great must come out of it. After all, 2 billion dollars isn’t little by any means.