Valves Michael Abrash has left the company he’s worked within for so many years to join Oculus Rift, the company recently acquired by Facebook, and will serve there as Chief Scientist Officer.
In a blog post on the Oculus website, Abrash shared his thoughts on the future of VR and Oculus, boldly stating that virtual reality (VR) will bring about the demise of all other platforms.
“We’re on the cusp of what I think is not The Next Big Platform, but rather simply The Final Platform – the platform to end all platforms – and the path here has been so improbable that I can only shake my head,” Abrash wrote. He continued, “A lot of what it will take to make VR great is well understood at this point, so it’s engineering, not research; hard engineering, to be sure, but clearly within reach. For example, there are half a dozen things that could be done to display panels that would make them better for VR, none of them pie in the sky.”
Because of Facebook, Abrash said, “VR is going to happen in all its glory…I now fully expect to spend the rest of my career pushing VR as far ahead as I can.”
Abrash concluded, “It feels like it did when I went to Id, but on steroids – 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”