The comments section of the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page has exploded with comments from displeased backers over the Facebook acquisition.
Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had acquired the virtual reality headset company in a deal worth $2 billion. The news sparked mixed reactions among developers, and it seems the firm's earlier backers are also split over the deal.
"I just wanted to express my deep disgust with the sale of Oculus to Facebook," commented one backer, who shares the sentiments of what seems the vast majority number of commenters on the page since the Tuesday announcement.
"There were so many great companies that could have acquired this product, why Facebook? I guess when someone is throwing an unimaginably large sum of money at you its hard to say no. I get the feeling that Oculus just committed suicide. I really believed in Oculus and wanted to support them in every way I could. As a developer I was gitty with excitement, now I am kinda sad," they added.
"I want my pledge back," demanded more than a few backers.
Anther commented, "I'm honestly glad this happened before I bought a Crystal Cove dev kit. I was seriously considering the new model. Definitely not now."
Said another, "You selling out to Facebook is a disgrace. It damages not only your reputation, but the whole of crowdfunding. I cannot put into words how betrayed I feel by this."
Other backers expressed a feeling of betrayal. "I'm glad I backed this so you could sellout to facebook. Nicely done!" said one.
But there are others who have spoken out in defense of Oculus and its FB merger.
"We all have concerns on how Facebook is going to handle the acquisition, but it shouldn't be as bad as most are anticipating. I'm still confident that Oculus is going to bring some exciting new hardware to the market as fast as possible and kickstart the VR revolution," said one voice of reason.
Other post reads, "The guy [Oculus creator and founder Palmer Luckey] you are attacking today with rage is the same that made the Oculus exist. Without him today we wouldn't see any trace of quality VR in the near future. I think Palmer and his team deserve a lot of credit and faith for what they have already achieved."
Facebook has bluntly denied claims that the firm plans to "rebrand" the Oculus Rift device and its user interface. Such claims are "not true and not in the spirit of our relationship", said a spokesperson.
In an official statement on Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook."
He stipulated, "Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate." It was also confirmed that Oculus will remain in its current headquarters in Irvine, CA.
Zuckerberg told investors in a conference call on Tuesday that he believes virtual reality will be the next major breakthrough in computing after the dawn of the smartphone.