Oculus hires one of Google's top talent

Just after the Facebook acquisition of Oculus, the VR company has been on a hiring spree to acquire plenty of talent from all over the industry -- like the VR expert Michael Abrash from Valve, the company that brought us Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, and the Team Fortress series.

Now, Oculus is adding one more to the list: Adrian Wong, the lead electrical engineer and senior hardware engineer of the Glass Explorer program from Google. His involvement in this program, as well as his ability to take an unfinished product and refine it to be ready for release, may have led Oculus to hire him. Mr. Wong said that he "[loves] the new team here and [is] so excited to be helping build what Michael Abrash is calling 'The Final Platform'." Wong's LinkedIn profile apparently lists his job title as "Professional Daydreamer" at Oculus VR.

Although there had been backlash from Facebook acquiring Oculus a couple of months back, the company seems to be taking their product in the right direction with hiring for positions to make a consumer device. This could lead to a more simplified and streamlined virtual reality experience for the mainstream game market. Despite the fact that indie developers have been including support for virtual reality thus far, it will be interesting to see if AAA developers will take VR seriously enough to create titles that utilize this technology.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via Road To VR

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So is the OR gonna be a standalone device with a built in OS? Or can we still plug it in to play games like that demo (hopefully full version) of Quake?

"The Final Platform"

I think they call it that because if you're wearing one of those goofy VR headsets on a mountaintop like she is, that's the final platform you'll stand on before you plunge to your death.

Wait what... you are standing on a mountain top looking at a virtual world instead of the beautiful view of reality? What an insulting photo!

warwagon said,
Wait what... you are standing on a mountain top looking at a virtual world instead of the beautiful view of reality? What an insulting photo!

Who says the mountain isn't what she's seeing in the VR?

warwagon said,
Wait what... you are standing on a mountain top looking at a virtual world instead of the beautiful view of reality? What an insulting photo!

You don't get it. She's standing on a mountain and looking for likes on Facebook trough Rift. Or playing RiftVille...take your pick.

TheExperiment said,

Who says the mountain isn't what she's seeing in the VR?

Could be a murder attempt for all we know then...
"There's no cliff there honey, it's just a small step down, the VR is only tricking your perception"