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Oculus VR Founder Accused Of Fraud And Breaching Contract
Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift VR Headset, is being accused of fraud, as well as breaching a contract and his nondisclosure agreement with former employer Total Recall Technologies. According to the lawsuit, in 2011 Total Recall Technologies hired Luckey to craft a head mounted display, similar to the Oculus Rift, and the information/user feedback gathered at the time has been used by Luckey to create the Oculus Rift VR Headset. Total Recall Technologies is allegedly seeking “compensatory and punitive damages” but an amount has not been specified as of this writing.
The final/consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR Headset is planned to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Whether or not this lawsuit will impact the release of the Oculus Rift Headset remains to be seen, hopefully it stays on track and gets into the hands of the people soon.
I’m excited to get my hands on an Oculus Rift myself someday, the prospect of VR is incredible and something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid. Sony’s Morpheus Headest is also planned for release in 2016, it’ll be interesting to see which company’s product comes out on top.