Virtual Reality still hasn’t become mainstream partly because the tech requires a lot of development is still in early stages of its evolution and it seems that Oculus is looking to accelerate its plans for Virtual Reality if the hiring spree for the company is any indication.
According to job listings, Oculus currently has 443 job openings. These openings span across multiple departments including Research, Software Engineering, and Computer Vision.
According to the data collected by Road to VR, the number of openings has spiked significantly since November. If this is any indication then Oculus is looking to speed up its plans for its Virtual Reality headset.
Of the 443 job openings, the Oculus Research department has a record high 80 job openings. According to Oculus, the number of job openings for the company indicates the level of commitment to VR and AR.
Overall, the growing number of job openings across AR and VR are an indication of the level of commitment that Facebook/Oculus is making in the VR space.
Oculus is not the only company in the Virtual Reality market as Sony and Microsoft have also jumped into the market with PSVR and Windows Mixed Reality respectively.
However, PSVR has been dominating the VR market, partly because of the huge PS4 install base, and Sony itself has noted that the number of PSVR games will increase by 80% in 2018. According to the company, there are 150 PSVR games in the market and this number will increase to 280 by the end of this year.
According to Vice President of marketing for Sony, Asad Qizilbash, the company is “Super Focused” on PSVR and intends to double its efforts to bring “some really good games” to the virtual reality headset.
However, Windows Mixed Reality hasn’t made much of a splash in the VR/AR market probably because of its price as the system required for smoother experience starts at $499 which makes the buy-in into the Mixed Reality around $900.
Windows Mixed Reality offers both VR and AR experiences and is powered by Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The system is quite flexible as it can scale to a variety of hardware.
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Source: Road To VR