Oculus hires ex-Valve VR dev Tom Forsyth

Oculus hires ex-Valve VR dev Tom Forsyth
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

May 23rd 2013 at 10:50AM

Tech firm also hires Steve Lavalle as principal scientist

Virtual reality outfit Oculus has hired ex-Valve employee Tom Forsyth as software architect.

While at Valve, Forsyth worked on running Team Fortress 2 in VR alongside Joe Ludwig and Michael Abrash.

Also joining him at Oculus is new principal scientist Steve LaValle, who joins the studio from the University of Illinois.

LaValle had already been collaborating on the Oculus Rift since September, but has now joined the studio full time. He will be responsible for leading research and development of sensor fusion, magnetic drift correction and kinematic modelling.

Kickstarter-backed Oculus now houses a team of over 20 engineers.

“The Rift is a great bit of kit and combines a bunch of different technology together in a very clever package,” said Forsyth.

“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. I’m really looking forward to helping other developers work with this tech as we go towards a consumer version.”