Valve’s Michael Abrash Joins Oculus as New Chief Scientist

Michael Abrash, Valve’s head of research and development,  has joined Oculus VR as its Chief Scientist.

Valve’s Michael Abrash Joins Oculus as New Chief Scientist


Abrash stated in the Oculus VR Blog,

“I’m tremendously excited to join Oculus, and when I think back, it’s astonishing how unlikely the path to this moment is. I’ve told most of the parts of this story before, but never all together, and the narrative, now spanning twenty years, just keeps getting more remarkable.”

He then continued,

“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 – 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. It’s great to be working with John [Carmack] again after all these years, this time, we’re working on technology that will change not just computer gaming, but potentially how all of us interact with computers, information, and each other every day.

“I think it’s going to be the biggest game-changer I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen quite a lot over the last 57 years.”

Incidentally, Atman Binstock, Valve’s lead engineer also left Valve this month to join Oculus as its Chief Architect.

Oculus was purchased earlier this week for $2 billion by Facebook.  You can also take a look at the Oculus VR report outlining its journey from Startup to $2B acquisition by Facebook in 21 Months here.

What are your thoughts about Oculus Rift?

Source: Oculus VR