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Developer Responds to Oculus Buyout with Facerift – Facebook Browser in VR

Two developers have created a unique response to the sale of Oculus VR to social networking giant Facebook. Bronson Zgeb and Gruau Pomme Lackey of indie developer KO-OP Mode have launched Facerift, a 3D environment with support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset that lets you browse Facebook on a giant screen that sits in the middle of the area. The title, which is available for free on Windows and Mac on its own site, is clearly intended to poke fun at the recent acquisition.

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As the title’s official site states, users will be able to scroll through the webpage with their face. The team has embedded a soundcloud track on its official website that it suggests players use as they scroll the site. It also states that “friends are more real in 3D”, referencing statements from both companies about the idea of having VR avatars to interact in Facebook.

It was announced earlier this week that Facebook would be buying Oculus VR for some $2 billion USD. Much of the fan reaction to the deal was negative. It’s unclear what the Facerift team’s stance on the deal is, although the project seems to comically exaggerate what the deal could mean for the two companies. VRFocus will continue to follow all the news surrounding Oculus VR’s acquisition and bring you the latest.