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Facebook forms virtual reality team in wake of Oculus Rift launch


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 22, 2016 | 1 min read

Facebook has formed its own virtual reality team as part of its ‘social VR’ push as it launches the long-awaited Oculus Rift headset and a streaming video enhancement for the Gear VR.

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The team will be tasked with investigating how people can ‘connect and share’ using today’s technology whilst also investigating its future potential and is being led by two game developers; Daniel James, co-founder of Three Rings Design and Mike Booth who led development for Valve’s Left 4 Dead.

Commenting on his Facebook role via LinkedIn Booth said: “I'm building a team to explore how Virtual Reality can empower the 1.5+ billion people on Facebook to share their experiences and connect with each other in amazing and powerful new ways.

“If you're a veteran game developer experienced in building multiplayer online 3D games, come help me build the future of Social VR!”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a principal evangelist for virtual reality, describing immersive media as the natural successor to video, developing a technique to stream high-quality VR video for Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR headset.

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