Co-founder Oculus leaves Facebook ‘because of the Rift 2’ update

Oct

23

2018

The co-founder of Oculus and former CEO of the company, Brendan Iribe, leaves Facebook, which is now the parent company of Oculus. According to a rumor, Facebook is deleting the Rift 2 for the PC, which would be the reason for the departure.

Iribe announces his departure on Facebook. “This is going to be the first real break for me in twenty years, it’s time to recharge, reflect and become creative.” He was one of the founders of Oculus in 2012, together with Palmer Luckey, and from that year until the end of 2016 was the CEO of the company. From that moment he led Oculus’s PC division at Facebook, which had taken over the VR company in 2014. Hugo Barra, who previously worked at Google’s Android division and Xiaomi, took over his role as CEO last year.

The co-founder’s departure follows internal shifts within Oculus. Last week it was decided that the development of the Rift 2 is canceled, writes TechCrunch on the basis of information from sources within the company. The company would like to concentrate on the development of the Quest all-in-one headset , which does not require a PC. Iribe would allegedly disagree with that strategy, which he would regard as a ‘race to the bottom’ in terms of performance.

Facebook reports in a response to TechCrunch not to provide information about product roadmaps, but that there is a future version of the Rift on the schedule.

It is a new departure from Facebook of a founder of a company that took over the social network. Earlier, Oculus left Palmer Luckey , WhatsApps Jan Koum and Instagrams Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger Facebook.

Update, 15.25 : The head of Oculus’s Rift department, Nate Mitchell, repeats the statement that Oculus is still working on the ‘Rift / PC platform, with new hardware, software and content.’ He did not give further details.

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