Frankly speaking I was a little shocked. Now, Oculus will never be what it was intended to be.
Gone are the days when smart individuals and teams started companies, built products and solved burning problems facing the society through their creative ideas, because they were passionate about them. Today, the very same people start businesses only to be able to sell them to big corporations, as soon as they are offered the right price.
Is that all business is about now? Is there only going to be Facebook and Google now controlling every aspect of our lives? Do we want to live in a future where there are only big sharks and whales in water? Is there no place for small, cute and colorful fishes?
Relating it to the current business environment, there are only short-term motives behind creation of new businesses. Everybody likes more money, but they don’t need to be a part of big enterprise to do that. In my point of view, what Oculus could’ve done is to get more funding to invest in R & D, to solve still remaining performance issues, to try finding out a solution to reduce strain on the eyes and probably diversified later into other applications. They could have made more models, found more uses of the device besides in gaming and tried to bring it to market. The feedback they would have got from market would have further fueled its progress. Alas, it’ll be Facebook making the calls now.
These small companies are able to create nice products and touch so many lives, precisely because they are small. Their idea to product cycles are much shorter and connection to consumers much more intimate.
Many analysts are going gaga over this development – Zuckerberg will shape the future once again; Facebook will have much better control over the whole AR ecosystem – you can find many similar headlines on the web today. But there is also another aspect, Facebook share price fell after this announcement, so clearly not everybody agrees with Mr. Zuckerberg. Oculus Rift is still pretty immature and there are a lot of technological challenges to be dealt with, for now, I think we’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold in the next couple of years.
There are hundreds of enthusiasts with great ideas that can really make a difference and the make the world a better place. Projects like Kickstarter and Indiegogo were started to support exactly this group of people. They provided an excellent platform for these people to come forward and ask for help. And help they get! Oculus started out to raise $250,000 and ended up collecting more than $2 million on kickstarter. This just shows the passion of the creators and how much the community wanted them to succeed.
All those who supported this project, sorry guys, I know you dreamt of experiencing Augmented Reality, but Facebook will only offer you Advertisement Reality.
Just my opinion, what do you think? Did it make sense to you? I would be curious to know.