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Pixar Technical Director Heads to Oculus

Oculus VR’s high-profile hiring spree seems to have slowed somewhat over the past few months. While the company continues to advertise positions in the wake of its $2 billion USD acquisition by Facebook, the constant stream of updates on new appointments has undoubtedly been quieter since the arrival of Jason Rubin, Oculus VR’s new head of worldwide studios, which was announced at E3 2014 in June. This week however sees the company take on a former Pixar technical director.

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Chris Horne, who has worked on some of Pixar’s more recent projects such as Cars 2, Brave and Monster’s University, has come on board Oculus VR to work on the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Horne hasn’t revealed specifically what he will be working on at the company or his new job title, with his Twitter profile simply explaining that he is ‘Doing stuff at OculusVR’.

Oculus VR recently started shipping its second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift. The tech contains positional tracking, with a user-facing camera following LEDs planted within the kit, as well as a 1080p OLED low latency display. It is hoped that the next phase of the company’s plans in the build up to a consumer release will be revealed at its upcoming Oculus Connect event on 19th and 20th September 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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