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Oculus planning VR MMO

Oculus planning VR MMO

The Oculus Rift still does not have an official consumer release date but a second developer kit was released in March.

Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, has set its sights on creating a massively multiplayer online game that uses the technology.

Talking at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014, Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe announced the plans to work on the MMO project which would support one billion people simultaneously.

Iribe added that the ambitious project’s chances of success would be improved by the deal that Oculus signed with Facebook, which acquired the company back in March for $2bn. He stated that the virtual reality online game is ’going to take a bigger network than exists in the world today’ but that Facebook’s network is a good start.

There is a possibility that Oculus VR will look at joining separate virtual worlds together as opposed to creating one large cohesive one.

.The first milestone for the company before they start any serious work on an MMO is however to focus on making its users feel that they are having real conversations with people, which Iribe describes as the company’s holy grail. The Oculus Rift’s potential as a communication device is also what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated attracted him to the company back in March.

No official release date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift has yet been announced, although a couple of articles have previously hinted at a 2015 release date. The developer kit, funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, was delivered to backers in August 2012 and several companies have been adding support for the hardware already and several projects specifically for the device are currently in development.

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Cei 6th May 2014, 11:28 Quote
So basically Facebook in VR. Complete with adverts.

Also sounds like somebody was reading Ready Player One and got a bit excited. Sadly this is exactly what I expected from the Facebook buyout. This isn't a game guys, it's social media in VR.
Corky42 6th May 2014, 11:36 Quote
Would it truly be a game ?

My thinking is that it would be more of a social virtual world, complete with the ability to meet up and chat with friends, hold meetings, consultations, go shopping and test virtual products before you buy, go to virtual theme parks with friends, virtual paint ball games, a whole virtual world without the need to spend hours traveling.
rollo 6th May 2014, 11:55 Quote
Sounds like generation fat people to me.
Corky42 6th May 2014, 12:02 Quote
Nah just get an omni treadmill ;)
DriftCarl 6th May 2014, 12:05 Quote
So I just need to find a job where I can work from home and I would never have to leave the house. Fantastic.
IanW 6th May 2014, 13:14 Quote
Matrix version 0.1?
BLC 6th May 2014, 13:16 Quote
Some of you are so cynical that it makes me very sad indeed. 

Don’t you find the idea of something like the Metaverse an extremely intriguing idea?  All those (now sadly clichéd) early cyberpunk/sci-fi ideas made real?  Are you so cynical that all sense of wonder has been completely drained from every fibre of your being? I suspect that the majority opposed to this idea will oppose it simply as a means to bash Facebook. 

Leaving aside the questionable data collection policies of Facebook (and any bit-tech reader should be quite capable of reducing their exposure to this without cutting off their nose to spite their face), I’m quite interested to see where Oculus takes this concept and whether they’ll actually bring it to life.  Let’s face it there are few companies in the world that would be able to support the infrastructure that this would need, and the first two that spring to mind are Facebook and Google.
thom804 6th May 2014, 14:36 Quote
fakeN 6th May 2014, 14:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Would it truly be a game ?

My thinking is that it would be more of a social virtual world, complete with the ability to meet up and chat with friends, hold meetings, consultations, go shopping and test virtual products before you buy, go to virtual theme parks with friends, virtual paint ball games, a whole virtual world without the need to spend hours traveling.

Sounds like Second Life
SAimNE 6th May 2014, 15:11 Quote
will it be called "the world"?... how about the matrix..... sword art online?
hyperion 6th May 2014, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by fakeN
Sounds like Second Life
...mixed with Farmville.
jb0 6th May 2014, 15:54 Quote
I love how the fact that facebook is involved turns decades of VR dreams and promises into the worst thing ever.

Now where's the force feedback and motion-trace suits? That's all that's missing here, and I will TOTALLY buy a Rift that requires me to wear an electronic wetsuit to play this game. I will buy it RIGHT NOW.

Bonus points if the suit has electroluminescent inlays so I look like I just walked off the set of Tron:Legacy.
...
Look, I'm sorry. But regardless of anything else going on there, the movie LOOKED damn cool.
Nexxo 6th May 2014, 15:55 Quote
jrs77 6th May 2014, 18:39 Quote
I've played a shooter with goggles and a gun within a small "cage" to track movements back in the 90`s allready and CCP showed a working demo of EvE-VR a year ago allready, so we know that the VR-tech works in general.

The question is, what kind of game we're talking abut here. A real game or only a glorified 3d-chatroom, because there's no way a game-server can handle a billion people.
Chris_Waddle 6th May 2014, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Also sounds like somebody was reading Ready Player One and got a bit excited.

Exactly what I thought, except replace IOI's dream for the Oasis with Fakebook.
Cei 6th May 2014, 21:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Ready Player One.

Already said that in the first post!
forum_user 6th May 2014, 22:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
To support a billion people at once.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2014/05/06/oculus-planning-vr-mmo/1

I just want the fricken headset ....
Nexxo 6th May 2014, 22:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Already said that in the first post!

Yeah, missed that. Have some geek-cred rep. :)
DriftCarl 6th May 2014, 23:16 Quote
If this mmo will be anything like the vr in Caprica, sure ill buy :)
N17 dizzi 7th May 2014, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by IanW
Matrix version 0.1?

:)

Version 0.1 Open Alpha.


Pods and intravenous systems are also in prototype, Mr. Anderson
Star*Dagger 7th May 2014, 00:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cei
So basically Facebook in VR. Complete with adverts.

Also sounds like somebody was reading Ready Player One and got a bit excited. Sadly this is exactly what I expected from the Facebook buyout. This isn't a game guys, it's social media in VR.

I've never seen adverts on Facebook, but then I know how to use the technology that I have.
LordPyrinc 7th May 2014, 00:58 Quote
Sounds great to me. All I want is the headset to play games with. So long as the hardware is sound and relatively comfortable to use, I could care less about their plans for any global VR MMO. At least this leads me to believe that they really will be bringing the device to the masses at some point (hopefully next year) and that a production release of Oculus is not going to turn into vaporware.
ModSquid 12th May 2014, 16:52 Quote
Until someone builds a holodeck, I only want this for Star Citizen.

Actually, one of those machines that makes anything you ask it to as well - "Computer, make me a coffee. And some cake. And load up that holo level I told you to keep secret."
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