Along with unprecedented publicity, excitement and money, a lot of questions were raised earlier this year when social networking giant Facebook acquired virtual reality (VR) specialists Oculus VR for some $2 billion USD. Both companies have done their best to address many of these questions since the deal was announced, especially from fans concerned about the future of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This week fans have their chance to put some of those questions to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Facebook has announced that Zuckerberg will be answering some community questions submitted to a Q&A page on Thursday, 6th November 2014 at 14:00 PT. Topics can cover any aspect of Facebook, meaning VR fans should feel free to put forth any questions about the Oculus Rift’s future, although perhaps shouldn’t expect to have queries on the likes of a release date answered. All users need do is submit their question as a comment in the post referring to the Q&A session, or ‘Like’ other questions to vote for them to be asked.
According to Zuckerberg, this is simply an expansion of an idea already in effect at Facebook where staff members can approach the CEO on any Friday to ask him any questions. “It’s an important part of Facebook’s culture,” Zuckerberg wrote. “People ask thoughtful questions about why our company is going in certain directions, what I think about things happening in the world, and how we can continue improving our services for everyone. I learn a lot from these Q&As, and the questions people ask help us build better services.”
Both Facebook and Oculus VR have insisted that the buyout wouldn’t change the former’s original goals other than helping to achieve them faster. Oculus Rift designer Palmer Luckey has repeatedly stressed that the eventual consumer version of the device would not be branded as a Facebook device. VRFocus will continue to follow both company’s progress, reporting back with all of the latest updates.