You might consider Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR an American company. Today however the VR specialist has made a big step within the UK videogame industry as it has joined UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie). Ukie is a trade body for the UK industry, helping to support developers, publishers and more in a variety of ways from advice and guidance to even taking part in campaigns and initiatives.
Details of just how Oculus VR will work with Ukie are yet to be revealed, although the former will be joining a group that includes the likes of Activision Blizzard UK, Bandai Namco Games Europe, Bossa Studios and a number of other publishers and developers working towards common goals. Ukie collaborates with the government to help pursue positive change and stop negative impacts within the industry as well as help connect businesses and more. Oculus VR will now be able to benefit from all of these aspects.
Currently Oculus VR works with a number of UK-based developers that are creating VR compatible titles. One of the biggest examples of this is Brighton-based The Creative Assembly, which developed a VR tech demo of its recently released Alien: Isolation for Oculus VR to exhibit at a variety of industry events throughout the year. In terms of employees the company has Developer Relations staff such as Callum Underwood positioned currently positioned in the UK.
Oculus VR recently debuted its Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift, adding a panel that bests the 1080p OLED display seen in the second development kit (DK2), integrated audio and full 360 degree positional tracking. The wait for information on a consumer version of the kit is remains ongoing. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all developments within the company, reporting back with any further updates.