The thing is, everything regarding the Facebook acquisition of Oculus and what's going to happen is speculation. My two cents: I haven't tried VR, but I find the technology extremely intriguing. I, personally, wouldn't hesitate to pay the price of a new console for a headset that could make me feel like I was inside of the games I was playing. After news broke about Alien: Isolation coming this October, I realized there was a game that I could truly get excited about experiencing in virtual reality, even though, to be 100 percent clear, VR has not been confirmed for the game. I'm a huge fan of the Alien franchise, and being able to walk around in sets inspired by the 1979 classic while also feeling like a Xenomorph was in the environment with me sounds like an absolute thrill and fanboy dream. If Facebook's money helps such an experience come to life in a bigger, better way, I'm all for it.
That being said, I'm an early adopter type of consumer. I take new technology when I can get it, awful designs, bugs and all. And if there's one thing I have come to learn about people who are not early adopters, it's that convenience and unobtrusiveness reign supreme. As much as I love the idea of VR, it's not going to be convenient or unobtrusive to wear an Oculus Rift or a Project Morpheus. When you dive into the virtual world, you're shutting out the real one. It looks like a solitary, isolating experience, or a gimmicky treat like playing plastic instruments for Rock Band.
But like I said, everything is speculation until the consumer version of the Rift comes out, and I myself have yet to try any VR, prototype or otherwise. I could be totally wrong! The important question is: what do you think? Leave your thoughts after checking out this week's selection of webcomics which, hey, look at that, feature a lot of jokes about Facebook buying Oculus!
Penny Arcade (Aberdasher)
ReadySoup (Facebook Eyeout)
Awkward Zombie (Hooked)
Nerf NOW!! (Dislike)
Castle Vidcons (Undying Loyalty)
8BitGamer (Deja Vu 2) %Poll-87768%