The last time EA CEO Andrew Wilson talked about VR, he didn’t seem to know whether his company would end up partnering with Oculus or the manufacturers of “some hologram that evolves out of your living room floor”. But his shareholders wouldn’t drop the issue during EA’s earnings call this week.
While Wilson made clear that EA were still waiting on a solid install base before backing VR, it seems Facebook’s acquisition has the publishers “eager to see how the headset evolves”.
“Oculus VR has done an amazing job in the realm of virtual reality,” said Wilson. “We’re eager to see how the headset evolves over the coming years.”
Wilson told shareholders that EA were always “cognizant” of new immersive technologies – which a flurry of googling revealed meant ‘aware’.
“With every new technology, it’s important for us to be sure that there will be an attractive install base before investing heavily. But [the Rift is] certainly making strong progress.”
It certainly is. Facebook announced plans to buy Oculus for $2 billion a month and a half ago, and are already telling everybody to expect 1 billion person MMOs that transcend gaming. To be honest, they’re starting to sound a bit like this guy: