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The lawsuit between Bethesda's parent company Zenimax and Oculus continues to rage on. Only this time, it's taken a step further as reports are indicating that Oculus representatives may have lied under oath.
Gamespot is reporting that experts for Oculus may have provided inaccurate reports regarding their role in the fallout of allegedly taking proprietary information and technology from Zenimax.
This revelation was made after the judge ordered a computer forensics expert to examine John Carmack's computer from when he was working at Zenimax under their id Software label, before he left to join Oculus.
According to Polygon, the expert uncovered information that seemingly proves that what the experts from Oculus told the court are "factually inaccurate". Unfortunately, they don't say what this information is or what exactly it pertains to due to the court documents being sealed, but the court is asking for Oculus to release some redacted communications regarding John Carmack's hard drive- which could end up being a turning point for the case.
The lawsuit spawned shortly after John Carmack left his role as CTO of id Software and took up a job with Oculus working on the Rift. Carmack had been very vociferous toward the progress and advent that companies needed to take in evolving virtual reality technology, and was quick to work with Palmer Luckey and the rest of the Oculus team in helping get a working consumer rendition of the VR headset up and out for the public.
However, after leaving for Oculus, Zenimax filed a lawsuit against the company saying that they had taken technology that still belonged to them. Given that Oculus -- now owned by Facebook -- has more than just the Rift under their belt, Zenimax has actually filed motions to have the court open up files on the Samsung Gear VR, which is also under the Facebook VR brand.
Zenimax filed the lawsuit originally back in 2014, well before the VR boom hit the consumer market. They were likely expecting VR to be a lot bigger than it actually is. So far the sales haven't been the most impressive for the two leading premier headsets: the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. A lot of it boils down to needing plenty of room to use them and their exorbitant costs. The Oculus Rift is $599 while the HTC Vive is $799.
The market's response to the headsets has mostly been lukewarm, with only niche enthusiasts taking a strong interest in the VR market, save for the much cheaper Gear VR from Samsung which can be acquired for only $99 and works with select Android phones.
The Oculus group have been attempting to get the case thrown out, but they haven't had much success on that front. They will now have to deal with the new discoveries made by the forensics expert and this could change how things turn out depending on what was on those hard drives and what Oculus communicated to Carmack regarding those drives.