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Zuckerberg tried out PS4 VR headset a week before Oculus VR acquisition

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg went hands-on with Sony's virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, a week before buying VR headset manufacturer Oculus VR, Gamespot reports PlayStation marketing executive Guy Longworth as saying.

Speaking during a Games Marketing Summit 2014 session, Longworth recalled how Zuckerberg asked, "Can I have a tech demo?" for Project Morpheus and how he was curious why Zuckerberg was interested in seeing Sony's headset.

Facebook announced in late march its intention to acquire the Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset creator for $2 billion. The Federal Trade Commission granted a request from the acquiring party, listed as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, to purchase the virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus VR on April 22.

"I wish he bought ours," Longworth joked, adding that looking at VR in gaming and other uses, he believes wearable technology is a huge trend that's going to continue.

"I think that being able to have experiences that are truly deep and immersive...that it somehow makes you feel you are there...is something that people want," he said. "If you could really deliver that in the future, that would be huge."

Sony unveiled Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4 at GDC 2014 and aims to bring VR gaming and non-gaming software to Sony's new hardware. Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, told Polygon that Sony is more interested in courting indies than mainstream game developers for Project Morpheus.

You can learn more about Sony's headset by reading and watching our hands-on impressions with the VR headset. For more on the Oculus acquisition, be sure to read Polygon's interview with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.