Oculus VR hires another Valve virtual reality veteran

"Facebook's acquisition of Oculus means that VR is going to happen in all its glory," Michael Abrash writes.

From left: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey, Michael Abrash, and John Carmack

Oculus VR has hired yet another Valve virtual reality veteran.

Just two weeks after announcing it had hired Atman Binstock, the company has now brought on longtime Valve VR developer Michael Abrash as the company's new "Chief Scientist." His arrival at Oculus VR comes just three days after Facebook purchased the company in a surprise $2 billion deal.

In a blog post on the Oculus VR website, Abrash laid out his prediction for what he believes is the future of virtual reality. "We're on the cusp of what I think is not The Next Big Platform, but rather simply The Final Platform--the platform to end all platforms--and the path here has been so improbable that I can only shake my head," he said.

The "final piece of the puzzle" to help VR go mainstream, Abrash said, was Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR on Tuesday. Advancements to display panels requires expensive engineering, and now that Facebook is on board, Oculus VR should have the capital to make its dreams come true, Abrash claimed.

"Facebook's acquisition of Oculus means that VR is going to happen in all its glory," he said. "The resources and long-term commitment that Facebook brings gives Oculus the runway it needs to solve the hard problems of VR--and some of them are hard indeed. I now fully expect to spend the rest of my career pushing VR as far ahead as I can."

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42 comments
Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Welcome to the funeral parlor...

hystavito
hystavito

Platform for what?


Games, the kinds of games that people hoped to play on a Rift, that's a drop in the ocean for Facebook, they don't care about that, it's smalltime to them.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

""We're on the cusp of what I think is not The Next Big Platform, blah blah blah"


LOL. Sounds like Mark's been on a VR shopping free buying everything and everyone he could lay his hands on :)



Mraou
Mraou

Minecraft fans have to deal with the reality that Notch looks like an ass now.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

The fact that no one is leaving OR like Cormack and people are joining tells me they still believe in the project and I still definitely do, can't wait for the final version.

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

I wonder how much they got paid to come out and make this statements

crushbrain
crushbrain

All of its temporary, faddish, stockholder-serving glory.

kkrakhed
kkrakhed

I love how VR has 'advanced' so much, that it's still a big THING strapped to your face.  The tech looks like it's from the 80's.  Here's all I gotta say though, your VR against my VR against Sony's VR against........    yeah.

tomservo51
tomservo51

So when does Sony VR come out again?

C-THREE
C-THREE

It's funny how the backdrop of that pic above with all three of them looks a little like the flames of hell. but seriously only time will tell if this is good or bad with the future of VR. I was talking to my dad about it and showed him some footage of VR applications (games and that google street view video) and he seemed quite optimistic about it and that says a lot if a 60 something non gamer can get hyped about VR. He was like you can do most of the stuff from your bucket list from the safety of your home.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Eddie needs to learn to proof read his work. "should has" makes no sense.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Are we really to believe that Facebook just bought the tech to advance it and that they're no going to take control and change everything about it to suit their needs. I just can't believe a company spends 2 billion dollars just to help out a grassroots project, it just doesn't seem likely but hopefully I'm proven wrong.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Could somebody get some pants in here?

stillstillstill
stillstillstill

"...and now that Facebook is on board, Oculus VR should has the capital to make its dreams come true," Abrash meowed.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Not Zuckerberg's cousin is it? Pulling the strings already.

evildead6789
evildead6789

true player gear is releasing a headset too,


this is going to be rememberd as a sad story for oculus

Hop103
Hop103

Oculus is done, dead, finished, when you sell your soul and project to Facebook, consider the project dead in development.

evildead6789
evildead6789

TOO LATE, microsoft is making a vr head set and the kinect is coming to windows, I think you can say there's a big chance that ms headset is coming to windows too


RIP oculus

Fabian85
Fabian85

Doesnt matter. Waste of talent and potential. Posibility of VR ads ruins all.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Wait, so is Abrash being brought on in support or did he actually leave Valve for this gig?  Either way, you can't say Facebook isn't sparring any expense. These are definitely top talents in their fields.

unreal101
unreal101

The FaceBorg will assimilate all the talent in the industry. try and stop it.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Abrash and Carmack are programing legends and go all the way back to the days of Quake and id software.


The good is they're back under the same roof, two geniuses working together. The bad news that roof belongs to Facebook, yuck! 


Guess Abrash was waiting for financial security of OR before moving in.

Raeldor
Raeldor

If this thing is ever closed off to independent developers or loses it's gaming focus there's going to be guys with pitchforks and torches outside Facebook's offices.

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

Of course, cannot wait for 3D facebook.

feeb1e
feeb1e

@kkrakhed Where else would it be strapped?  The bigger the FOV, the bigger the screen has to be.  Then there's the optics that distort the left and right eye views into the proper dimensions for stereo viewing.

predatorGS
predatorGS

@kkrakhed You know these are developer kits right? no point in making it look fancy. Besides, morpheus is for PS4 not PC so Sony can go to hell.

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@lonesamurai1  Here's something i came across on another article : "Mark Zuckerberg says his company's acquisition of Oculus VR is a long-haul effort, one that enable virtual reality to become the most social platform in history over the next ten years. During a conference call Tuesday discussing the surprise deal, Facebook management pointed out that its business model for the tech will drive revenue through software, services, and advertising, not the sale of the hardware itself."

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@lonesamurai1 Of course they will utilize it in their own best interests.  Zuckerberg said as much when he mentioned things like virtual tourism, virtual theatre seats, etc.  They are seeing the applications beyond gaming, because they are a largely software-focused company.  Gaming will just become a small part of the overall mix.

feeb1e
feeb1e

@Hop103 Why, that didn't happen with any of their other acquisitions...

predatorGS
predatorGS

@Fabian85 which will not be in the VR game, but in the steam like environment of VR games.

kkrakhed
kkrakhed

@predatorGS @kkrakhed  I do.  And since when do they charge for dev kits?  I thought they gave those away....   Oh wait.  They do if you work for the company...   LOL