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Facebook to buy Virtual Reality Leader Oculus for $2 Billion [acquisition]

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Just a few days after the announcement of Sony’s VR Headset Project Morpheus, Virtual Reality Market leader Oculus is sold to Facebook. While it might look totally irrelevant to see Facebook buying Oculus – what a social network website has to do with (Gaming) Virtual Reality headset – but still Facebook has done it by acquiring Oculus for a whopping $2 Billion.

Oculus Facebook

Facebook Press Release reveals the details of this Facebook-Oculus deal clearly,

Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed his happiness about the acquisition in his FB post and an excited user commented below the same post,

Mark please don’t buy my bed now thank you

and got more 8000 likes for it.

Well, As far as we’ve seen Facebook isn’t behaving like Yahoo! which at the helm of Marissa Mayer has acquired a lot of start-ups but almost buried them in Graveyard because Facebook has made a lot of improvements in Instagram including the most recent overhaul – Instagram Video – which promises us that Oculus is in safe hands where it can become bigger and bigger with the resources that Facebook has. The same is reflected in Oculus’s blog post too that says

At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform. But when you consider it more carefully, we’re culturally aligned with a focus on innovating and hiring the best and brightest; we believe communication drives new platforms; we want to contribute to a more open, connected world; and we both see virtual reality as the next step.

We can’t say that it’s Sony Morpheus effect but we can’t deny the fact that Oculus might have been afraid of the Japanese Giant, in either way, $2 Billion deal is not a bad one at all for Oculus. And for Facebook this is a huge deal, Since the company went public, it has been striving for revenue sources and part of that quest is Instagram ($1 Billion) and Whatsapp ($16 Billion) acquisition and those are yielding now so Facebook might hope the same from Oculus too as Facebook CEO said,

“Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

But does he mean something like a Google Glass? Is a Google Glass rival coming from Facebook? Let’s wait and see!

Sony announces Virtual Reality Headset ‘Project Morpheus’ for PS4

Project Morpheus

In the era of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Companies are always trying to improve the user experience that they can provide and Sony, in an attempt to take PS4 gaming experience to a new level, has announced its first Virtual Reality Headset, ‘Project Morpheus’ for PlayStation 4 (PS4). Hold your breath, You are not in Matrix world (at least for now).
Project Morpheus

Revealing Project Morpheus, Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) Worldwide Studios, said

“At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the
boundaries of play, Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its
continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.”

As the name indicates, Project Morpheus is still a project (prototype) whose SDK is still under development and will be released for developers once it’s completed. The prototype of Project Morpheus VR Headset will be available for hands-on experience at Game Developers Conference 2014 that starts today in San Francisco.

Specifications of “Project Morpheus” Prototype:
Component Processor unit, head-mounted unit
Display Method LCD
Panel Size 5 inches
Panel Resolution 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)
Field of View 90 degrees
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Connection interface HDMI + USB
Function 3D audio, Social Screen

With Sony entering the AR space where Oculus is already a leader, the future of Gaming is going to be amazing provided Sony gets enough devs on-board to write AR-optimized Games for PS4.

[Source Sony Press Release via Techcrunch]

Microsoft buys Gears Of War franchise, begins new Game development

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Today Microsoft has acquired Gears of War franchise from Epic Wars to make it part of XBox permanently.

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Microsoft has also announced that Black Tusk Studios will start developing new games for the franchise. Explaining on why Microsoft acquired Gears of War,

“By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe.”

Microsoft acquired Halo franchise in a similar way and now ‘Gears of War’ has joined the club to entertain XBox users without any distruption.

[Source Xbox News Via Polygon]

Keyboard and mouse can be connected to Game consoles with XIM4 adapter

Are you a game addict but have problem with your console controllers? Now you can switch them with your friendly keyboard and mouse with XIM adapter, which provides you the precision PC control you’re accustomed to and allows you to use your existing Bluetooth or USB headsets to work with those consoles too.

The latest  XIM adapter currently works with Xbox One, The later versions of the XIM which is the XIM4 will enable you to connect your android device running with 2.2.4 and up with out any cables. You see, for XIM’s tech to work, users must download a different profile for every game, as each title has its own controls, but as new games come out, the app asks users automatically to download the latest upgrades. The XIM4 is said not to be  released until next year,But beta versions will be made available to those lucky users who are equipped with XIM Edge (the previous-gen XIM that works with Xbox 360 and PS3).

Below is a small video demonstrating the adapter

Source:XIM 3

Candy Crush Saga Dreamworld debuts for iOS, Android and Facebook

Candy Crush Saga Dreamworld poster

Candy Crush Saga comes with a massive update that includes a new game mode called Dreamworld.

Candy Crush Saga Dreamworld poster

Dreamworld is available for all users who have unlocked at least 50 stages of the original Candy Crush Saga. Dreamworld can be accessed by clicking/tapping on ‘Odus the Owl’, a special character that takes the players into Dreamworld game mode that includes 65 new Dreamworld stages (as of now).

The Dreamworld update is already available for iOS, Android and Facebook versions of Candy Crush Saga.

With the game already being downloaded by more than 500 million users, this new Dreamworld mode is going to make the game more addicted.

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