Oculus buys RakNet, whose engine revved up 'Minecraft,' 'Lego Universe'

The company will also hold its first developers conference in late September

At SXSW this year, HBO used the Oculus Rift to give people virtual tours of Game of Thrones' Westeros

At SXSW this year, HBO used the Oculus Rift to give people virtual tours of Game of Thrones' Westeros

Virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR, which is being bought by Facebook, has acquired RakNet, an open-source C++ coding engine for games, as part of its plan to develop more software for its head-mounted device ahead of a consumer launch.

The deal was the second announced by Oculus in the last two weeks and comes after Facebook said in March that it would acquire Oculus for $US2 billion.

RakNet's C++ system is aimed at programmers who build software across a range of platforms including iOS, Mac, Android and Xbox 360. Some of its customers include the developers of popular games like "Minecraft" and "Lego Universe." Companies such as Sony Online Entertainment and the 3D game engine Unity have also licensed its technology.

"We're pleased to announce that we've acquired RakNet, one of the leading networking middleware systems in the games industry," Oculus said Monday to announce the deal. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. RakNet, based in Costa Mesa, California, is owned by Jenkins Software.

Oculus announced in late June that it had acquired Carbon Design, the industrial design and product engineering company that helped to create the Xbox 360 controller and the original Kinect camera.

Oculus, based in Irvine, California, is ramping up its software development efforts for its Rift headset. The unit is available now as a developer kit for US$350, with a consumer-oriented version expected later this year or early next. So far a number of games and demos have been created by independent developers.

When Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus, CEO Mark Zuckerberg called virtual reality a major computing platform.

To get things moving in that direction, Oculus also said Monday it will hold its first developer conference, "Oculus Connect," Sept. 19-20 in Hollywood, California. The conference will bring together engineers and designers from around the world, the company said.

The conference application is available online.

Besides Oculus, companies such as Metaio and Google with its Google Glass wearable computer are developing products that enable new ways of interacting with the physical environment, with some promising applications in use in industrial and medical settings.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Oculus VRconsumer electronicsNetworkinggamesmobileRakNetFacebook

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?