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Opinion, Tech News

Facebook buying Oculus makes complete sense

I’ve been reading a lot about Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus and many commentators are saying the deal makes no sense at all…I disagree 100%.

What Facebook have done with this acquisition is prepare themselves for the potential next wave of interactive technology, not just for gaming but for everything. The excitement around the Oculus Rift revolved mainly around how it’s technology could be used to enhance gaming experiences but there were many companies getting as excited about it’s potential for films and education. Now, I’m pretty excited about it’s potential for social technology in general. Imagine sitting in your living room and interacting with friends you haven’t seen in years through a connection between your Oculus Rift and your Facebook account. When it comes to education, I think it’s pretty obvious how online tutoring services will eventually evolve. Why not have a class learning French by walking around Paris virtually with your tutor and interacting with the locals? Second Life on steroids basically.

Tbh, at $2bn the deal was cheap, cheap…CHEAP! and I know the gaming community is seriously pissed off but this move could accelerate a massive shift in how humans behave and interact. I bought an Oculus dev kit 6 months ago and at this point I feel torn, because on one side I love the thought of a young, punchy startup coming out of nothing and becoming a “game changer” (like Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.) but on the other side I understand their chances of success were slimmer without someone like Facebook attached.

Time will tell.

Player.me, Startups

Introducing Player.me

Finally we’re able to start letting people on to Player.me with our private beta launch today!

It’s been a mad few months trying to get everything done and in all honesty we missed a couple of targets we set ourselves in the early days because…well they just weren’t feasible and we wouldn’t have been happy releasing an inferior product.What we’re launching with is something we’re happy for people to see. There is a load more for us to implement and add but as private beta products go I think this one kicks ass!

I’ll be sharing loads more about my Player.me experiences on the blog and I’ll also go back to highlight some of the things we did to get over 1,000 private beta registrations before today. I’ll also share some thoughts on how we achieved a conversion rate on Betali.st of over 60% and highlight tools we’re using to optimize the overall user experience.

Exciting times!