One of the biggest news stories in gaming technology this year was the takeover of VR hardware creator Oculus by social media giant Facebook. The $2bn deal took many by surprise, and has led to much criticism of Oculus by fans and backers of the company's initial Kickstarter funding campaign. However Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe believes that the takeover will allow for a vastly improved scope for the project.
Speaking in a presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt yesterday, Iribe outlined his plans for the Rift and its Facebook implementation, claiming that the deal could pave the way to never before imagined levels of user engagement.
Ultimately, Iribe foresees a platform that could potentially have as many as a billion users taking part in as complex MMO game, although that kind of project would take a bigger network than even Facebook has with its 1.2 billion registered users. Nevertheless, the CEO doesn't believe in limiting aspirations, rhetorically asking attendees if they would "want to build a platform that has a billion users, or only 10, 20 or 50 million".
Whatever becomes of the Rift, it's difficult to argue that the technology will definitely play a big part in the way we play games and consume technology in the coming years, and with companies like Sony jumping abord the VR bandwagon with its PlayStation 4 peripheral Project Morpheus, mooted for release later this year, it finally looks as though the mid-90s dream of a hyper connected VR world could be set to become reality sooner rather than later.