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Zuckerberg Pushing For a Low Cost Oculus

Oculus expects to sell north of a million units for first consumer Rift Ars Technica


At this point, Iribe said the Facebook buyout won't actually have much of an impact on the technology Oculus is able to deliver in that first consumer Rift, whenever it comes. "It is going to allow us to deliver a much better consumer V2, that's for sure," he said. "Hardware-wise, we were pretty locked in already [for Version 1]... but [Facebook] will allow us to make consumer V2 totally incredible."

Where Facebook's money will be pivotal is in helping to build out that platform through a number of critical hires, like former Valve developer Jason Holtman to Naughty Dog cofounder Jason Rubin.

It's also going to help bring down the final price of the consumer unit by scaling up the production, Iribe said. "I think [the Facebook buyout] is going to allow us to deliver consumer V1 at a lower cost, because we're not trying to drive a high margin on this," he said. "[Facebook CEO] Mark [Zuckerberg], especially, wants to bring the cost down, him more than me. I do, too, but at the same time we were planning to run a business, hopefully a break-even [or] profitable business off of this, not a money-losing business. Mark is much more in the mindset of 'Let's get this to scale with the best quality product at the lowest cost possible.'"

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I love the thought of low cost Oculus. Go Mark go!

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