YEI Technologies has commented on Facebook’s recent $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, explaining what it might mean for the company’s PrioVR full body motion controller. Speaking on an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, chief of R&D Paul Yost reasoned that the device was far enough removed from the Oculus Rift for it to avoid potential negative effects. The suit, which places sensors on the user’s body, is compatible with the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset.
“We don’t think that the facebook acquisition of Oculus will affect us too much,” Yost explained. “First, at this point the VR genie is out of the bottle and many many mass-market HMDs are on the horizon. Since PrioVR has remained display agnostic and retains complete functionality that is completely independent of the display used, we’re likely to be mostly unaffected. Second, since PrioVR works fantastically with just a TV or projected display, we see VR as just one use-case of many. Third, no matter what facebook does with Oculus, their investment move serves to help the VR market-space significantly by legitimizing it. Which is all good for the entire space.
Yost did however point out issues with Oculus VR’s recent separation fro the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA). “The only cause for concern would be Oculus’s exodus from the burgeoning ITA, which was designed to help facilitate moving all players towards standardization that would help the entire space. The future will tell how well they play with others. Hopefully, they’ll see the value in a standards-based future that is focused upon giving users the best experience possible.”
At the time of writing, PrioVR has just 70 hours left to go on its Kickstarter campaign, which passed its $75,000 USD goal within hours of launching. It currently stands at $269,296 in funding, with the finished kit expecting to ship in June 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow the device and report back with all the latest.