If there’s one person to thank for the current virtual reality (VR) industry it’s Oculus founder Palmer Luckey – not Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Last week Luckey marked what would have been Oculus’ 10th anniversary with the first in a series of new blog posts looking at the company’s history, his role, and most surprisingly; teasing mention of new VR tech he’s been keeping under wraps.
So a quick history lesson if you’re not aware. Luckey founded Oculus in 2012 at the age of 19, turning a niche hobby into something far bigger. After bringing on board the likes of John Carmack (Doom co-creator) and running a successful Kickstarter, Facebook stepped in and bought the startup for $2 billion USD in 2015. However, it wasn’t plain sailing thanks to a number of issues including a Zenimax lawsuit and Luckey’s own actions on Reddit. This led to him leaving the company in 2017, just shy of the five-year mark.
Five years on from that event and now CEO of military drone manufacturer Anduril, it seems the VR evangelist isn’t done with the technology. “This year is also the right time to finally unveil some VR technologies I haven’t been able to talk about for a variety of reasons,” said Luckey on his blog.
What these could be are anyone’s guess at the moment, Luckey plans on releasing further details during the course of the coming year. As he’s not “been able to talk” about whatever these technologies are suggests he’s been under NDA for a while, could they be due to military contracts or could they be more mainstream focused?
Expect to hear a few Oculus home truths and some angry venting from Luckey, hopefully providing a few juicy morsels regarding Oculus’ inner workings. “I have quite a bit to share, especially regarding portions of Oculus history that have been subject to extensive revisionism in public accounts.”
In 2022 the Oculus brand is slowly sunsetting as Meta’s rebranding continues down its metaverse path. Oculus Quest 2 is now Meta Quest 2, with packaging and online branding all now brandishing the new logo. The name hasn’t disappeared completely though, Oculus.com still exists, and App Lab is still referred to as Oculus App Lab.
This year is also set to welcome new headsets like Meta’s Project Cambria, reportedly packed full of sensors for more immersive interactions. As and when Palmer Luckey divulges these VR technologies, gmw3 will let you know.