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Mind Behind PlayStation VR Departs for Google

Dr Richard Marks is leaving Sony’s R&D team to join Google.

The man who fronted Sony’s Magic Lab research and development division, Dr Richard Marks has left Sony to join forces with Google, even as rumours swirl about Google’s interest in videogames.

Dr Richard Marks was the head of the Sony R&D department that created some of Sony’s most well-known hardware accessories, including the EyeToy, PlayStation Move, and course, the PlayStation VR.

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Marks will be joining a team which includes another ex-Sony veteran, Phil Harrison, who went on Twitter to express his delight at the development: “Delighted that Richard Marks is joining Google. Exciting addition to the Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) team.”

Harrison is the co-founder of PlayStation and has previously stated his confidence in immersive technology, though believes the hardware still needs to be improved: “There will be a core audience who continues to be “blown away” by VR as it is, but for it really to take hold, the hardware needs improving.”

There are multiple rumours about what google is working on with regards to videogame technology. The most credible reports concentrate on hardware called ‘Yeti’, which is said to offer videogame streaming in a similar fashion to the PlayStation Now service.

Several analysts have pointed to this as a big loss for Sony, as Marks has worked with PlayStation since 1999, and who has a solid track record for creating innovative products. His reasons for leaving have not been confirmed, but many simply believe he was simple search for a new challenge after so long with Sony.

“ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is,” a Google spokesperson told GamesBeat. “We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and look forward to his contributions.”

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