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Facebook Farmville officially launches on Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Old Macdonald may have had a farm, but the only way he's going to tend it is if he's bought an Oculus Rift headset.

If anyone was in doubt of just what Facebook was planning when it acquired Oculus Rift for $2 billion (£1.2 billion) last week, the social media giant has just made itself abundantly clear.

Browser games made popular in the news feeds of countless users are now making the move to the Oculus Rift, meaning fans of addictive Facebook games such as Farmville can now look forward to visiting virtual versions of their online creations.

"Social gaming has long been a vital part of the Facebook experience," a Facebook spokesperson told ITProPortal. "Consequently, the decision to buy Oculus Rift and elevate that much-loved feature to the next level seemed only natural. Through the headset, users can connect with others in a completely unparallelled way."

The move will provoke such radical change in the layout and gameplay of the previously browser-based titles that a name shift has been proposed. Farmville will be renamed "Oculusville" and become the flagship product of the Facebook / Oculus gaming library, with a surge of renewed interest in the addictive agricultural simulator predicted.

Mafia Wars, Candy Crush Saga and Hotel City have all been confirmed as titles that will be made available on the virtual reality headset in the coming months, with more likely to follow.

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