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Oculus Hires Google X Executive

2014 saw Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR make plenty of high-profile hires. Off the back of a $2 billion USD acquisition by Facebook, the company was able to bring on board names such as ex-THQ CEO and Naughty Dog founder Jason Rubin as well as Valve’s Michael Abrash. It looks like that trend of hires will continue in 2015, as Oculus VR has recently taken on an executive from technological advancement group, Google X.


Re/code has confirmed that Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen has now joined Oculus VR. Jepsen will reportedly come on board sometime this month, having spent the last three years running the Display Division at Google X. It’s unclear exactly what the former Google employee will be working on at Oculus VR, though perhaps her work in displays would be relevent, given that they remain a crucial component of a VR HMD.

The most recent version of the Oculus Rift is the Crescent Bay prototype. Revealed last year at the Oculus Connect developer conference, the kit boasts full 360 degree positional tracking, an improved OLED display and integrated audio. The company is yet to reveal the consumer version of its tech, nor has it commented on when it might be coming. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR, reporting back with any further updates from the company.

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