Following on from last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), a number of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) have estimated consumer release windows. Despite this, VR fans are still waiting on release news for arguably the most anticipated HMD of all, the Oculus Rift. Creator Oculus VR had some announcements to share at GDC, but these didn’t relate to its original PC-based device. While the wait for release news continues, it appears that Oculus VR owner Facebook will be taking on a large amount of new staff, including some to help handle the launch.
According to a report on the Daily Mail, Facebook is launching a massive hiring spree in which the company hopes to take on as much as 1,200 people. VR will have a key role in this initiative, with the company listing 54 jobs for positions at Oculus VR, many of which are held at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. This includes the likes of Infrastructure and Security Engineers as well as Product UI Designers, Game Producers and more. The move will see Facebook, which currently holds 8,300 employees, expand its workforce by 14 percent.
Elsewhere in the VR industry, Valve has announced a holiday 2015 launch for the HTC Vive HMD. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has confirmed that its Project Morpheus will go on sale in the first half of 2016. Oculus VR itself has stated that it will go ‘full consumer‘ with the next Gear VR, likely awaiting reveal later this year. That’s three HMDs with release windows but still nothing for the original device, the Oculus Rift. With its rivals now heading towards set release windows and this hiring spree in place, hopefully it won’t be too much longer until news is shared.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.