The chief executive of Oculus, Facebook Inc’s virtual reality business, said on Tuesday he would step down to head a newly created personal computer-focused VR division within Oculus. Brendan Iribe said in a blog post that Oculus is also creating a unit focused on mobile VR, which will be led by software head, Jon Thomason. “With this new role, I can dive back into engineering and product development … pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision,” Iribe said.
Oculus started shipping its highly awaited Rift headset, which retails for $599, in March. It competes with Sony Corp’s PlayStation VR headset and HTC Corp’s Vive. Iribe said he and Thomason would work with Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer to find a new leader for Oculus.