Hugo Barra, the former Xiaomi executive who has run Facebook’s Oculus VR team since 2017, is changing roles in what looks like a larger shake-up in VR at Facebook. Barra announced on Twitter that he would be “taking a new role [at Facebook] building a global AR/VR partner ecosystem based in NYC.” He’s being replaced by Erick Tseng, formerly Facebook’s director of product management.
Barra is transferring just before Oculus launches its new Quest mobile headset. Echoing many earlier company statements, he says that Oculus’ “first-gen VR lineup is now complete,” and it’s “time for me to take on the next big challenge — bringing AR and VR to more people!” Tseng, meanwhile, said that he was “excited to return to my consumer hardware roots…
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Author: Adi Robertson