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Facebook’s Oculus Buys VR Game Maker “Beat Saber”

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Oculus, owned by Facebook announced that it is buying virtual reality (VR) game maker “Beat Saber”. This is part of a move to expand VR technology to reach wider audiences.


Oculus, makers of Rift and Quest VR headgear, did not disclose the financial details of this acquisition.


“Beat Games is joining us in our quest to bring VR to more people around the world,” Oculus’ director AR and VR content Mike Verdu said.


“‘Beat Games’ accomplishments are already impressive, however, Facebook and the Beat Games team understand there is much more that can be done across VR, games, and music.”


Verdu assured players that the studio would continue to ship content and updates for “Beat Saber” on platforms where it is already available.


In the virtual game, players use light-sabers to slash oncoming large cubes to the beat of music, sometimes twisting or ducking to avoid oncoming walls.


“VR reimagines old genres and invents new ones,” Verdu further said.


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Oculus also is exploring ways, including acquisitions, to accelerate the adoption of virtual reality technology. Facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg has heralded it as the next major computing platform.


“With the resources and know-how that we can offer, Beat Games will be able to accelerate, adding more music and more exciting features to ‘Beat Saber’ as well as bringing the game to more people,” Verdu said.


Facebook plans a virtual social community where users of its Oculus headgear can “explore new places”. This will be via its Horizon virtual world, which is set for a beta launch in 2020.


Oculus users will be able to choose an avatar and interact with others in the virtual community, Facebook said earlier this year. Horizon will replace earlier versions of the social VR community Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms.


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