Oculus Rift CEO wants to have 1bn people using VR headset

7 May 2014

The CEO behind the Oculus Rift headset has said he wants to have at least 1bn people using the virtual reality (VR) headset in the future, but was not specific about a particular date.

Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt, Brendan Iribe reiterated his dream of creating the largest massive multiplayer online (MMO) world ever seen through the VR device.

It would appear, however, that this target would be incredibly ambitious, given that if he were to achieve this goal, he would need to outsell every gaming console released on the market for the last 32 years.

According to The Guardian, Iribe was quoted as saying, “Do you want to build a platform that has 1bn users on it, or only 10, 20, or 50m?”

Many of Oculus Rift’s followers are questioning the direction the VR company is taking after its recent acquisition by Facebook, fearing Oculus Rift will be pushed away from what it had been designed for: gaming.

Other comparable games, such as Second Life and World of Warcraft, have user numbers in the millions, but the target of 1bn could be out of reach. One option suggested by Iribe would be to avail of Facebook’s enormous user base that would surpass his target of 1bn through integration with the social network.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic