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posted by chromas on Tuesday October 23 2018, @11:32PM   Printer-friendly

Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of 'Rift 2' headset

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook, TechCrunch has learned.

Iribe is leaving Facebook following some internal shake-ups in the company's virtual reality arm last week that saw the cancellation of the company's next generation "Rift 2" PC-powered virtual reality headset, which he had been leading development of, a source close to the matter told TechCrunch.

Iribe and the Facebook executive team had "fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time," and Iribe wasn't interested in a "race to the bottom" in terms of performance, we are told.

[...] The cancellation of the company's next-gen PC-based "Rift 2" virtual reality product showcases how the interests of Facebook's executive leadership have centered on all-in-one headsets that don't require a connection to an external PC or phone. In May, Oculus released the $199 Oculus Go headset and plans to release the $399 Oculus Quest headset sometime next spring.

Update 1: Oculus reconfirms "future version of Rift" amid PC cancellation rumors

Update 2: John Carmack: 'I Intend To Stay At Facebook After Oculus Quest Launch'

Also at CNBC, The Verge, and Gizmodo.

Previously: Founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, Departs Facebook
Instagram Co-Founders to Step Down From Facebook

Related: Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset
Facebook Announces a New Standalone VR Headset: Oculus Quest; HTC Releases Vive Wireless Adapter


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @12:34AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @12:34AM (#752680)

    Facebook will go on stealing your personal data and profiting from it, regardless of which ridiculous headset you're wearing at the time.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday October 24 2018, @01:24AM (1 child)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Wednesday October 24 2018, @01:24AM (#752714)

      Those guys conned Facebook into giving them $2 billion (I know!) so they're heroes.

      The other technology heroes are those amazing dudes at Magic Leap, who have managed to steal over $2 billion from noted arseholes JP Morgan, among others. It's just a shame they aren't quite clever enough to get more.

      There is no real product here, but as long as they keep taking money off rich suckers, I'm happy.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @07:11AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @07:11AM (#752839)

        as long as they keep taking money off rich suckers, I'm happy

        If you're not the one receiving the money, then why would you care?

        Perhaps you should seek treatment for whatever you're suffering from that would make you feel this way.

  • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @02:06AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @02:06AM (#752739)

    And I give a flying fuck, why?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @05:59AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @05:59AM (#752816)

      Well, Mr. Moderator, how is this redundant?
      It's totally on point and concise, which isn't something you can say about the rest of these posts!

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday October 24 2018, @01:27PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday October 24 2018, @01:27PM (#752945) Journal

      And I give a flying fuck, why?

      Public health reasons, probably in the FDA competence.
      Speaking of health, from your post, it's apparent that you started to show attention deficit symptoms

      "fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time,"

      Eh? Still don't get it? Ok. let me rephrase it:
      "Oculus creates a rift in the views. If distributed publicly, it is likely a considerable segment of its users will see a negative impact on vision over time"

      (grin)
      was it actually needed?

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  • (Score: 1) by Some call me Tim on Wednesday October 24 2018, @02:24AM (2 children)

    by Some call me Tim (5819) on Wednesday October 24 2018, @02:24AM (#752749)

    Vision problems. He just couldn't see the point in hanging around.
    (ba dum tish)

    --
    Questioning science is how you do science!
    • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Wednesday October 24 2018, @05:10AM

      by MostCynical (2589) on Wednesday October 24 2018, @05:10AM (#752804) Journal

      well, he couldn't using the Rift 2..

      --
      "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • (Score: 2) by Rivenaleem on Wednesday October 24 2018, @08:16AM

      by Rivenaleem (3400) on Wednesday October 24 2018, @08:16AM (#752854)

      Apparently the screen door hit him on the way out.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @06:13AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @06:13AM (#752821)

    Do you give a shit? Another douchebag just left Facebook! There are what, 3 meatsacks in the C suite left working for them?
    Why should you give a rat's ass?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @07:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24 2018, @07:22AM (#752841)

      This is turning out much like Oracle buying Sun. There was a lot of shilling against the naysayers at the time of both purchases that it was a good thing and the buyer had the resources to keep things going. Now is the long process of "I told you so."

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