John Carmack Shares More on Oculus Acquisition


John Carmack, CTO at Oculus VR, shared more of his thoughts on Facebook’s acquisition today, reminding the community why he believes Oculus will still be largely successful. Carmack commented on a blog post, titled “Wrong and Right Reasons To Be Upset About Oculus”, with his personal outlook on the matter.

“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Facebook (or this soon),” Carmack shares. “I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen.”

Carmack commends Valve’s vision and perseverance in creating a VR system from the ground up, but states that “VR won’t be like that”. He believes the VR market is game changing, and that it was a matter of time before big companies got their foot in the door.

It seems the CTO of Oculus doesn’t share much of the public’s fear towards the Facebook buyout. Carmack sees VR succeeding under Facebook’s wing, rather than failing under new ownership. He does, however, note that he shares “some of your misgivings about companies ‘existing and operating only to be acquired’. I am a true believer in market economies, and the magic of trade being a positive sum game is most obvious with repeated transactions at a consumer level.” Carmack goes on to agree that large company acquisitions feel like like speculative, rather than objective, assessments of value, despite being beneficial to both participating parties. Aside from some economic misgivings, though, Carmack’s words expressed confidence in a Facebook backed Oculus, and showed he sees little reason to worry for Oculus’ prospects.

  • extermin8or2

    This may be so, however I wonder if he’s considering things like Zuckerburgs conversations with media outlets about his plans for occulus rift…. they certainly aren’t centred around gaming like most gamers will want. He doesn’t seem to be considering that people may very well refuse to buy the occulus rift (or whatever it’s called after Facebook have rebranded it-something they ARE doing.) You don’t drop $2 Billion on something and not have a clear Idea and plan for how to make your money’s worth off it ASAP and ofc a profit. He’s been talking about virtual shopping, video chat (admittedly I like the idea of VR video calls etc.) Using it for education (Something Sony seem better situated todo, especially with their Project Morpheus NASA deal….)

    • Sharon Coone

      I agree. Facebook has made a habit lately of intelligently purchasing rising companies, and doing it profitably. On the other hand, I haven’t seen the public too happy with their direction lately. They focus on extending their market potential, sometimes at the expense of their users. They’ll take the technology far, but I’d much rather see the project run by a company that’s innovative, responsive to their customers, and focused on the gaming goal that Kickstarter users paid for.