Facebook is on virtual reality
Zuckerberg’s social network bought the maker of viewers virtual reality video game at 2,000 million dollars. Facebook Inc said it will buy a VR Oculus Inc, which manufactures viewers virtual reality video game, in a deal valued at 2,000 million dollars in its first acquisition of hardware that allows you to enter the growing market for laptop accessories .
The agreement, known shortly after the pact 19.000 million by the service WhatsApp messenger is a huge bet on Facebook in the virtual reality technology to anticipate the next change in social networks, in a time when the consumers put aside personal computers for smartphones.
“Mobile is the platform today and we are preparing for tomorrow’s platforms, “said founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. “Oculus has the ability to create the social platform has ever seen, and change the way we work, play and communicate,” he said. The implementation of VR Oculus grossed $ 75 million in December in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, to launch its viewer virtual reality video game and develop the product for use in areas such as education, film, architecture and design.
Oculus plans to produce commercial versions of its viewers virtual reality called Oculus Rift , that fit the user’s head with a strap. Also hopes to bring its technology beyond games. Facebook ended 2013 with 11,450 million dollars in cash and assets market. WhatsApp includes the purchase of 4,000 million dollars in cash. Oculus The agreement includes $ 400 million in cash and 23.1 million common shares of Facebook.
Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014. “Facebook understands the potential of Virtual Reality . Mark and his team share our vision of the potential of virtual reality transform the way we learn, share, play and communicate, “said Palmer Luckey, a founder of Oculus VR, in a posting on the company blog on Tuesday.