Respected programmer leaves Valve for Oculus VR

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Early on Oculus are attracting gaming industry talent.

Michael Abrash is a veteran games programmer held in high regard in the development world. Abrash joined Valve in 2011 after being courted for years by co-founder Gabe Newell. He’s now voluntarily left for the newly bank-rolled Oculus VR joining former id software colleague John Carmack

Abrash has high hopes for Oculus now Facebook have stepped in. Writing on the Oculus blog he says, ‘"Facebook's acquisition of Oculus means that VR is going to happen in all its glory. The resources and long-term commitment that Facebook brings gives Oculus the runway it needs to solve the hard problems of VR”

To see a figure of Abrash’s stature in gaming make the move to Oculus gives credibility to a project some have already written off. A respected ex-member of Valve in the ranks at Oculus could serve to benefit both parties. Valve’s SteamVR supports Oculus Rift dev kits and as Sony plough on with Morpheus VR, Steam Boxes will have a competitive edge with console by running Oculus.

Facebook are open about their agenda for VR outside of gaming but fears that Oculus will be compromised as a gaming device may be out of place. let’s not forget that even before Facebook stepped in Oculus had claimed consoles were too limited for Oculus Rift VR. Wherever the Oculus story goes next we like to think a final Oculus Rift will be still be the thing of awesomeness that it should be.

To hear more from the man himself check out the video below, Abrash is calling out full VR as it should be within 2 years.

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