SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday announced a $2-billion deal to buy a startup behind virtual reality headgear that promises to let people truly dive into their friends’ lives.
Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg said that the acquisition of Oculus was a long-term bet that making the social network’s offerings more immersive would pay off.
“People will build a model of a place far away and you will just go see it; it is just like teleporting,” Zuckerberg said.
“I do think gaming is a start,” he said in a conference call, referring to the Oculus headset’s original design focus.
Zuckerberg billed the acquisition as part of a drive to build the “next major computing platform that will come after mobile.”
For now, Facebook will use its resources to make Oculus headgear affordable and ubiquitous, according to Zuckerberg.
The California-based social network does not intend to become a hardware company, but Zuckerberg said it is open to people using virtual reality devices for immersive shopping
experiences at Facebook.