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Oculus envisions 'billion-user MMO' with Facebook

CEO outlines his firm's dream collaboration

Oculus wants to build a virtual reality MMO with one billion players on the back of Facebook's network infrastructure.

Brendan Iribe, the virtual reality firm's CEO, gave a presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday discussing how Oculus can benefit from integrating with Facebook - aside from the $2 billion purchase.

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Facebook already supports 1.2 billion users, though Iribe said the dream project would "take a bigger network than exists in the world today," The Verge reports.

He compared its potential to that of the Metaverse, the influential virtual world described in Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel Snow Crash.

Iribe presented the network in the context of games, which he said Oculus remains as committed to now as it ever was. However, the company did not want to limit its scope to the existing game audience.

"Do you want to build a platform that has a billion users on it, or only 10, 20, or 50 million?" Iribe asked.

Id and Bethesda owner Zenimax alleges that Oculus Rift uses technology stolen from the company, taken by Id founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack. Oculus has denied the claims and said that Bethesda has yet to produce any improperly used materials within Rift's online source code.

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