Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey looks to be delving into virtual reality (VR) again after teasing he’s working on new VR products at the Tokyo Game Show.
“I have a new company, I can’t talk about my projects too much yet, but I’m still working in the virtual reality industry on some very exciting things,” Luckey said at the show, reported Road to VR.
Luckey was pressured to leave the company he founded by Oculus owners Facebook after a backlash ensued after it came to light that he had secretly funded a pro-Donald Trump organisation. As a result, Luckey has been distancing himself from Oculus and his work on the Oculus Rift,and instead has been positioning himself as more of a platform-agnostic VR guru.
“Don’t think of me as an Oculus person. Just think of me as a VR person. Everything. Sony, HTC, other companies. Everything,” he said, highlighting that he’s supportive of all manner of VR companies and noted that he’s enjoyed seeing other companies enter the VR fray and funding developers.
At the same time Luckey appears to have had a slight go at Facebook’s running of Oculus: “There are a lot of companies that say they care about the whole world and the global market, but just look at where they’d spending the money, look at where they’re actually putting their marketing dollars. You can tell who they actually care about and who they don’t care about that way.”
What Luckey is working on and his next steps in the VR world have yet to be seen. But despite his polarising political views, Luckey can be credited with the resurgence of VR over the past few years.
And while it’s still a rather niche area of tech, the Oculus Rift helped ignite excitement back into VR and has paved the way for more people to get involved in the immersive technology.
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