Virtual reality went main stream last month with Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of headset maker Oculus VR. Commentators everywhere were left wondering how an eighteen month old company with no consumer product had created such immense value so quickly.
Mark Zuckerberg shared some insight into his thinking by commenting that “Today’s acquisition is a long-term bet on the future of computing”.
French Canal+ media magazine, Le Tube visited eb1 labs last week for a feature on Oculus and interviewed co-founder Joseph Ozanne on eb1’s use of virtual reality technology. For eb1 labs an authentic user experience is mandatory to being a legitimate simulation tool. Virtual reality integration is a key component to proper pilot immersion in the scene and for those serious about simulation, the work of Oculus and Facebook’s investment in virtual reality hardware is incredibly exciting.
Facebook’s acquisition highlights the huge content possibilities for virtual reality with imagination being the only limit. “This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces & experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences & adventures.”
Truly exciting times ahead for simulation and “serious” gaming.