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Carmack: Facebook "get the Big Picture"

But Oculus VR CTO admits to being surprised by the deal

It seems the general public weren't the only ones surprised by Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR. John Carmack, CTO at the company, has defended the move by its founders but revealed the deal caught him unawares.

"I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations -- I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus," he said in the comments section of a blog post by Peter Berkman.

"I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim."

He added that the with an experience as powerful as virtual reality "the fairly rapid involvement of the Titans is inevitable."

The post echoed what Carmack has been tweeting in the days since the $2 billion deal.

Despite his positive comments, a more recent tweet suggests that the deal has affected his plans for the future.

The deal was announced last week and garnered a mixed reaction from developers. Carmack's support of the deal could be a key component in seeing Facebook accepted by the wider development community.

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Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.

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