Former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has defended Oculus VR in the wake of its acquisition by Facebook. Writing on his personal blog, Bleszinski offered comment on the sale, picking up on many aspects of the topic. While agreeing that Facebook’s operations towards user privacy were questionable, the developer argued that the buyout took a large amount of risk off of the Oculus Rift maker’s shoulders.
“Oculus was making great strides, but they were not out of the woods yet,” Bleszinski reasoned. “Someone somewhere needs to come up with a proper control scheme for it. Looking around is only one part of the experience, how the device handles movement is another thing entirely. In the words of Brendan, their CEO “VR is like an onion, whenever we solve one thing we find something else that we need to crack.””
As acknowledged in the blog, Bleszinski does have a financial investement in Oculus VR and stands to gain money from the acquistion. He explained that, despite this, he was more invested emotionally in the company and wanting to see it thrive.
“IF their system is going to be (hopefully) a dedicated system instead of a (ugh) peripheral they need their version of whatever the app store would be. Your device is only as good as the store and community around it; if users can’t say shut up and take my money, if developers can’t post their work then the device will ultimately flounder. Facebook can assist with this sort of thing, as well as having a multi billion user reach.”
While Bleszinski had taken an even-handed approach to much of the blog, his closing comments called out Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson on his decision to cancel a virtual reality (VR) port of the game post-buyout. “Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home,” he said. “It’s a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly.”
Facebook bought Oculus VR for some $2 billion, but hasn’t provided concrete details on its plans for the company. VRFocus will continue to follow the acquisition and report back with all the latest news.