Can Oculus Rift survive Facebook?

Virtual reality outfit Oculus may yet become one of the biggest tech success stories of this decade but it has squandered a lot of goodwill by choosing to embrace Facebook.

Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR for $US2 billion last week ($US400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares) immediately raised furore, especially from those who had backed the company in its early days.

The core community of Oculus, many of whom invested their own cash into the company via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, took to Twitter, Reddit and various online forums to vent their frustrations over the buyout.

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