Valve Engineer Tom Forsyth Heads for Oculus

If you've been following the story of Oculus VR, you'll know that the company has gone from strength to strength since it demoed its Oculus Rift prototype at E3 last summer and subsequently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding. What started as a project by an engineer at the USC's Institute for Creative Technologies has evolved into a company that is growing bigger by the day.


This week, Oculus VR announced that it has hired former Valve software engineer Tom Forsyth. Before he left Valve, Forsyth was working on Team Fortress 2 in VR using the Oculus Rift, so his new job as software architect at Oculus should be a perfect fit. Oculus says Tom will focus on SDK as well as a "few top-secret VR R&D projects."

"The Rift is a great bit of kit and combines a bunch of different technology together in a very clever package. It was amazing working with it on Team Fortress 2 and seeing the extra immersion people felt inside a game they already knew so well," Forsyth said in a blog post over on the Oculus site. "I'm really looking forward to helping other developers work with this tech as we go towards a consumer version."

Oculus also revealed that Steve LaValle, a robotics scientist that has been collaborating with Oculus since September, has joined the company full-time in the role of principal scientist.

  • dark_lord69
    I really want one of these!
  • g-unit1111
    Man I wish I had been the guy that invented this thing, the Oculus is going to make some serious money when it's released. I can't wait to try one out.
  • viometrix
    yes i do too... i cant wait till it heads out to retail
  • Icecweam7
    This is cool and all, but how about a quote like "we are also testing this on the next Half Life game" or something along those lines? This game has been in developement for so long soon all of us gamer's will only have a half life left. XD
  • i hope people start using this kind of display not only for gaming. we need user interface that using this kind of display, perhaps next develop something like datagloves. this is the future, not microsoft's lame metro interface :p