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Palmer Luckey: Facebook Buying Oculus ‘The Best Thing That’s Ever Happened To VR’

September 19, 2018 / JAMIE FELTHAM

Despite parting ways with the company in 2017, Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey still insists that Facebook buying Oculus was “the best thing that’s ever happened to the VR industry.”Luckey said as much in a recent interview with Wired. The 26-year-old left Facebook in March 2017 following a controversial story that alleged he had helped fund a political smear campaign during the 2016 Presidential Election. All of that seemingly hasn’t changed his outlook on the industry.“It was the best thing that’s ever happened to the VR industry,” he replied when asked if he regretted selling Oculus to Facebook. “It drove billions of dollars in investment into other startups.”Facebook bought Oculus in early 2014 for an initial sum of over $2 billion that’s now thought to be closer to $3 billion. Under Facebook, Oculus launched the Rift headset for PC users and, earlier this year, a standalone device named Oculus Go. When asked if he wish...