Oculus splits into mobile and PC VR gaming divisions

Facebook-owned virtual reality hardware company Oculus is undergoing a divide into two distinct divisions, mobile and PC, with former CEO Brendan Iribe stepping down to take command of just the PC group.

“Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group—pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision,” states Iribe in a blog post published on December the 13th.

“As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day involvement in building a brand new product on the leading edge of technology.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft veteran Jon Thomason is moving from head of software at the company to run the mobile division. The top position — CEO — is now vacant, with Iribe noting that he, Thomason and Mike Schroepfer, chief technical officer of Facebook, will work together to find a new overarching leader.

“You do your best work when you love what you’re working on,” writes Iribe, adding: “If that’s not the case, you need to make a change. With this new role, I can dive back into engineering and product development. That’s what gets me up every day, inspired to run to work.”