Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR hardware and software company, has revealed some big organizational and personnel changes that it says will allow it “to be more focused, strengthen development and accelerate our roadmap.” These changes include the formation of separate PC and Mobile divisions.
Brendan Iribe, who has served as the CEO of Oculus, has announced he will step down from that role, but will remain at the company as the head of its new PC division. Iribe stated that this decision will allow him to “dive back into engineering and product development”. Jon Thomason, who recently joined the company after previously working at Amazon, will head up the new Mobile division. Oculus will now begin the search for a new CEO, but there’s no word on how long that might take.
Today’s announcement makes no mention of the status of Oculus’ founder Palmer Luckey, who has been quiet ever since it was revealed a few months ago he helped to fund anti-Hillary Clinton Internet memes during the recent US Presidential election.
The company officially launched its Oculus Rift PC VR headset earlier this year, and the company’s technology is also used in collaboration by Samsung for its smartphone-based Gear VR headset. It will be interesting to see if the company continues to partner with Samsung for mobile VR experiences, or if it will try to create its own solution. It is also very possible that the upcoming mid-range stand-alone VR headset from Oculus could end up falling under the mobile division’s umbrella, though we can’t say for sure at this stage.