Valve’s Michael Abrash Heads to Oculus for Chief Scientist Role

It has been announced that Valve’s Michael Abrash has left the company to join Oculus VR as Chief Scientist. Abrash is a name that has been synonymous with virtual reality (VR) in the past few years, helping to head up the much-touted Valve VR headset. His past experience includes working with id Software and Xbox and will now rejoin former colleague John Carmack in working on the Oculus Rift VR headset.

OculusRift_3The announcement was made on an Oculus VR blog post in which Abrash made note of Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion USD.

“Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus means that VR is going to happen in all its glory,” he wrote. “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.”

Abrash concluded stating that he “can’t wait to see how far we can take it.”

Abrash isn’t the first Valve VR developer to head to Oculus VR this month. The company took on Atman Binstock as its new Chief Architect a few weeks ago, based at the outfit’s R&D offices in Seattle, Washington. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all developments at Oculus VR and bring them to you.

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