On March 27, 2014, examiner brought you the news of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the top social media site Facebook, shelling out 2 billion dollar acquisition of Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.
Concerns were raised about the business venture when Facebook shares dropped 10%, the gaming world went up in arms enraged and Minecraft creator, Markus Persson pulled out of Oculus Rift deal. “I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.”
Facebook stated, “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected; we feel we’re in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next…”
Even Facebook users voice their opinion, “Your mission is still to make the world more open and connected? Like you said when you purchased snapchat (or whatever it was), but you’re still putting up “artificial fences around posts and pages, impairing visibility of your user’s posts to other users. This furthers neither openness nor connectedness.”
Markus Persson, claimed when he tried the product it gave him a headache. He also stated the product might cause vertigo for some. On March 29, 2014, Nick Bilton from The New York Times commented on the product, “After ten minutes with the Oculus Rift, I didn’t thirst for more games to play, I actually felt a little disoriented. Some people even feel nauseated after using the device."
We tried to get in touch with Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, “Question about Oculus VR product. When Persson said he tried out the product, he mentioned it caused him to have a headache and said it was possible it might cause some people to get vertigo. Is Facebook looking into this health issue? Vertigo can cause a number of symptoms including dizziness, nausea, disorientation, vomiting and even blackouts (fainting).”
When that didn’t get a response from Zuckerberg, we contacted the press at Facebook, “I was hoping someone could shed some light on the health issues in question, regarding Oculus VR products. This message was sent to CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and has not received a reply. (We attached a screenshot of the message sent directly to Zuckerberg's account on Facebook.)
Further incidents are now coming to light, "After 10 minutes with the Oculus Rift, I didn’t thirst for more game play, I actually felt a little disoriented. Some people even feel nauseated after using the device.Would anyone like to comment on Facebook's knowledge of the issue and if it is being dealt with?”
A spokesperson from Facebook got back in touch with us today stating, “I’m reaching out on behalf of Facebook in response to your question regarding Oculus VR products. We have no comment at this time.”
The 2 billion dollar question of the day; will Facebook get the matter settled in time to make the deal pay off.