Oculus Rift hires Valve VR specialist for 'top secret' R&D

Ex-Valve employee, formerly of Team Fortress 2, also working on the Oculus Rift SDK.

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Valve's former Team Fortress 2 VR specialist has been snapped up by the company behind the VR headset Oculus Rift.

Oculus VR's Tom Forsyth.

Tom Forsyth worked on Team Fortress 2's VR support with Joe Ludwig and Michael Abrash. At Oculus VR he'll be working on the Oculus Rift SDK, alongside a few "top secret" R&D projects.

"The Rift is a great bit of kit and combines a bunch of different technology together in a very clever package," said Forsythe.

"It was amazing working with it on Team Fortress 2 and seeing the extra immersion people felt inside a game they already knew so well. I'm really looking forward to helping other developers work with this tech as we go towards a consumer version."

Oculus VR has also announced the hire of robotics expert Steve LaValle, who previously worked as a researcher at the University of Illinois. "Steve's leading research and development on some of the toughest VR challenges including sensor fusion, magnetic drift correction, and kinematic modeling," said Oculus VR.

Development kits for the Oculus Rift are still being sent out to backers of the project's barnstorming Kickstarter campaign, though huge demand for the device has caused strain for the fledgling company. "All Rift development kits from Kickstarter are marked as 'Processing' or 'Shipped' in our system," says Oculus VR.

A consumer version of the VR headset is in the works.

Discussion

30 comments
Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Of course! It all makes sense! Half-Life 3 will be made with the Oculus Rift in mind... both of which *plot twist* will be bundled with the Steam Box!

Right? Makes sense, right? Sounds like ridiculous fanfic, you say? Well, speculation is all we have, as, knowing Valve, we won't hear any definitive news on any of those 3 anytime soon...

:(

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Not so secret now that you posted an article for everybody to see, isn't it? xD

Metronoid
Metronoid

For a good price this looks to be great ! Its LawnmoverMan all over again ! =)

okassar
okassar

Props to Steve LaValle for repping the University of Illinois, we're on the leading edge of everything.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

is this oculus supporting stereoscopic 3D like sonys device?

Xethrayne
Xethrayne

If this is what gaming is to become:

I want no part in it.

laser00
laser00

"research and development on some of the toughest VR challenges including sensor fusion, magnetic drift correction, and kinematic modeling,"


I am already having a tough time figuring  out what the hell does those term mean -_-


deviant74
deviant74

I have been thinking about VR in a swimming pool.  I don't want to walk anywhere in VR space.

Jasondoreen
Jasondoreen

This looks like a copy of the VR stuff at a place called DISNEY QUEST.. Theme park. Yes not sure if it still exists, but I went there as a kid and they had this. It was big and bulky, and one ride you had to sit on like a bike and look through the visor. Another one was a light saber fighting game. When you had the Helmet on you could see a light saber (toy) in your hand, and when you pressed the button on the toy the  light saber went up. it was cool. So to bring this to the home, in a small compact version. I hope its compatible with all systems instead of another "console" which is probably the case.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

True next gen here. I'm excited they have more professionals in the stable now.

Roland3710
Roland3710

Out of everything I've heard so far about next generation technology, the Rift is the only thing I've been genuinely excited about. Well that and maybe the rumor about another Star Wars Battlefront game . . . mostly the Rift though.

MoronGotMyName
MoronGotMyName

I thought Valve was on board for a moment, meaning it would have been delayed till 2018. 

JustSignedUp
JustSignedUp

I hope microsoft jumps on the occulus rift, sony would be too stupid to do it because they never try anything new.

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

@Icepick_Trotter don't worry there's a mode being developed called Half Life 2 VR. check it out. This is coming sooner than you think.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@AmnesiaHaze Better. Explaining why it's better would defeat the purpose of you watching a few videos on it.

Mamamf
Mamamf

@AmnesiaHaze no, it's way better, look into their website. It's like the sci-fi real  thing

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@Xethrayne Yeah, videos I've watched have been saying this really doesn't work that well for first person shooters, so I doubt we'll see too many shooters attempting it. We'll see all types of games like Myst and underwater exploration games however. Probably nothing where aim has to be locked to the camera look.

Mamamf
Mamamf

 I know... This is just way too much to be only a gaming device. It is a virtual reality device and will be used for many purposes. 
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Hurvl
Hurvl

@Xethrayne Kinect and Move didn't force everyone to play motion controlled games. Although Xbox One requires Kinect, I doubt we'll only get Kinect-only games. The same thing here with the Oculus Rift and VR, we might get a few games that takes advantage of this or entirely relies on VR, but far from everyone. No gaming peripheral ever takes over the world of gaming, it's at most a complimentary device.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@deviant74Virtuix Omni is an omnidirectional treadmill that is made to work with Rift. I hope devs support that. It's basically just a mechanical device where you can move in place and it uses Kinect for body tracking, which in VR is apparently more immersive.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@Jasondoreen You have to pay licensing fees and such to be a console peripheral, for now it's PC only.

darius343
darius343


@MoronGotMyName Valve,,ID and Bethesda are one of the rifts three more dedicated developer supporters.