Facebook buys Oculus Rift for $2 billion, Google buys Twitch.TV for $1 billion. This is certainly the time to be a gaming start up. Whilst many sites have spoken of this as a rumor Variety.com has reported that the deal has already been made. Either way, there’s no smoke without fire, especially if the reports of Twitch turning down Microsoft in favor of Google are true.
It’s rare that Google launches a product or feature for something without that nasty ‘beta’ tag that has become Google’s signature (ehemm, Gmail). YouTube Leanback was fairly uninteresting to us before the Remote app launched on Android for various reasons, including control from the couch. Who wants to get up and change the video anyway?