Oculus Rift recruits Valve's VR project lead as chief architect

Original Rift dev kits are ceasing production, nearly sold out.

Valve's VR project lead Atman Binstock has joined Oculus Rift as the company's chief architect.

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Atman Binstock

"Atman and the Valve VR team helped prove simulator sickness could be overcome and a true sense of 'presence' could be delivered," stated the VR company is its announcement about Binstock joining up. "He helped set the bar for consumer virtual reality and is dedicated to making sure Oculus delivers the highest quality VR experience."

Binstock was only with Valve for a year, but he seamed to have accomplished a lot in that time. "We've solved some of the basic problems, proven great VR is not only possible but truly magical, and now I want to bring it to the world," the new recruit said. "We're just scratching the surface of what's possible, and I can't wait to discover what's next!"

Binstock isn't the first Valve R&D person to jump ship to Oculus, as Valve's former Team Fortress 2 VR specialist Tom Forsyth made a similar move last May.

In other Oculus news, the VR headset manufacturer is temporarily going to be shutting down sales of Oculus Rift dev kits because it's running out of stock after selling 60,000 units. The company noted that some of the hardware components from the original dev kits are no longer being manufactured, so their production will cease for the time being. Inevitably a new version will replace these, but if you were planning to develop something on Oculus Rift anytime soon, you might want to look into getting one pronto, if you still can.

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