Oculus VR has called upon its supporters to greet its planned acquisition by social networking giant Facebookwith an open mind, claiming the deal makes perfect sense for both parties.
Taking to the firm's blog, the Oculus team said the fires behind the acquisition had first sparked up when the big bods from Facebook visited Oculus' office to "see the latest demos" a few months ago.
It's claimed the two parties quickly discovered they share a "deeper vision" to connect billions of people across the globe.
"When you consider it [the deal] more carefully, we're culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step," detailed the blog post.
"Most important, Facebook understands the potential for VR. Mark and his team share our vision for virtual realitys potential to transform the way we learn, share, play, and communicate.
"Facebook is a company that believes that anything is possible with the right group of people, and we couldnt agree more."
Changing the world
The Oculus team insists that the Facebook deal presents them with an enormous, world changing, opportunity, bringing VR to the masses as well as gamers.
"This partnership is one of the most important moments for virtual reality: it gives us the best shot at truly changing the world," the blog post continues.
"Over the next 10 years, virtual reality will become ubiquitous, affordable, and transformative, and it begins with a truly next-generation gaming experience.
"This partnership ensures that the Oculus platform is coming, and that it's going to change gaming forever."
Critics, however, have labelled this as little more than the start of an exit strategy for those at the top of the Oculus tree, with Oculus Rift unlikely to ever see the light of day in its present form.
Instead, it's been suggested the device has simply served as a tech demo to facilitate an acquisition such as this, with the one surprising element of the deal being the identity of the VR specialist's new owner.
[source: Oculus VR]