Oculus VR Sued for Breach of Contract

Oculus VR, developer of the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, is facing more legal troubles — this time stemming from founder Palmer Luckey’s employment history.

IGN reports that Hawaii-based tech firm Total Recall Technologies recently filed a lawsuit accusing Luckey of fraud and breach of contract. The lawsuit claims that Total Recall hired Luckey in 2011 to work on a head-mounted device after entering into a contract and non-disclosure agreement, and that Luckey used feedback from Total Recall without permission to develop the Oculus Rift. Total Recall is reportedly seeking an unspecified amount of “compensatory and punitive damages” for several claims relating to Luckey’s employment with them.

Oculus VR has set a release window of Q1 2016 for their flagship headset, with more details to be revealed during E3.

My Opinion:

Things have been tough for Oculus lately. Once the leading pioneer of the emerging VR field, now they’re seen by many as the underdog to Valve and their upcoming HTC Vive headset. Regardless of who wins this lawsuit, I hope it doesn’t end up further impacting the release date of the Rift. I really like this company, and am looking forward to seeing what they have to say at E3 — I want them to convince me to wait for their product rather than buying a Vive at the end of the year.


Aaron Dobbe is an Associate Writer at MONG specializing in Nintendo but playing a bit of everything else too. Follow him on Facebook and pester him to get a Twitter.

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