Brendan Iribe stepped away from his role as CEO of Oculus, the company he co-founded with Palmer Luckey in 2012. He’ll be leading a newly formed PC VR team within Facebook while Jon Thomason, who brings experience from both Amazon and Qualcomm, will lead the mobile VR group. They and Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer will look for a new leader for the “Oculus team”. Here’s an excerpt from Iribe’s note on the official Oculus blog:
“Changing the world on that scale has required us to also scale Oculus at warp speed. With our growth and product strategy, we’ve decided to establish new PC and mobile VR groups to be more focused, strengthen development and accelerate our roadmap.”
“Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group—pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision. As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day involvement in building a brand new product on the leading edge of technology.”
UploadVR nailed down where core Oculus team members like Michael Abrash, John Carmack, Nate Mitchell and Michael Antonov will work in the new organization, and Facebook suggested that co-founder Palmer Luckey still has a role at the company that will be revealed soon.
Microsoft is planning for its Windows Holographic feature in an upcoming version of Windows 10 to work with a range of headsets with varying specifications. A developer kit is expected early next year.