Microsoft Veteran Joins Oculus VR

One of Microsoft’s earliest employees has joined Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset maker Oculus VR. Neil Konzen, who was responsible for creating the second version of Windows for the company and helped develop the DONKEY.BAS videogame with Bill Gates in 1981, has signed on with Oculus VR, which is currently prepping to release its second version of its developer kit (DK2).


Oculus VR CEO Brendan Irbie confirmed the news on his Twitter account. “Years before Luckey & Rift, even before Carmack & Doom, there was Konzen & Gates & the masterwork DONKEY.BAS!” he wrote, announcing the appointment. “Welcome Neil Konzen to Oculus.”

This makes for the fourth new appointment Oculus VR has made this month, the others belonging to Halo 4‘s Kenneth Scott, Google’s Adrian Wong and, just today, Havok’s Ross O’Dowd. The company is certainly bulking up in the wake of Facebook’s $2 billion USD acquistion. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR and report back with all the latest updates.