Valve’s Atman Binstock named Oculus’ new chief architect

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Oculus has announced Atman Binstock, one of the lead engineers behind Valve’s VR project, as its new new chief architect.

Atman Binstock

Prior to Valve, Atman led several projects at companies such as RAD, DICE, and Intel.

“Just over two years ago, Michael Abrash and I were sitting in a coffee shop in Kirkland. He was trying to convince me to come work on AR and VR with him at Valve,” said Binstock.

“Michael convinced me that I was capable of contributing [and] I should be actively pushing it forward. I signed up.

“Two years later, 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. I’m incredibly excited and humbled by the opportunity — We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible, and I can’t wait to discover what’s next.”

Atman will be spearheading the new Oculus R&D team based in the Seattle area, and the firm is quickly running out of Rift development kits, so it’s shut down sales in most regions.

A handful of the hardware components are no longer being manufactured, and as a result, production is being slowed.

The firm said 60,000 Rift development kits have been sold so far,