Former Googler Hugo Barra recently announced his plans to leave Xiaomi where he worked worked as a global VP since 2013. While at the time he did not announce his plans for the future apart from wanting some time off, Barra has now confirmed via Twitter that he has accepted a job offer from Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Barra will be joining the social network to lead its virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team. as he will be leading the company’s Oculus team.
You can see the post above. As Zuckerberg points out, the VR selfie is the best he could do as Barra is still in China. The image actually represents Oculus’ VR project (Facebook Messenger VR video calls) which was shown off at Oculus’ Connect event last year, Hugo Barra and Mark Zuckerberg are essentially hanging out in virtual reality here, which is why their characters appear cartoonish. Commenting on the post, Hugo Barra said:
Thanks, Mark! I can’t wait to get started in building that future and join the team soon. It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds 🙂 I learned from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun that there’s no greater calling in our industry than taking breakthrough tech and making it available to the greatest number of people.
Really looking forward to doing just that at Facebook — taking VR mainstream — working with you, Brendan, Mike Schroepfer, and the Oculus team!
Hugo Barra was an important figure over at Google, same goes for Xiaomi, and now he’s about to lead Oculus, one of the largest companies out there when it comes to VR. Oculus now has some serious competition in the VR sector, mainly from HTC and their Vive team, but Oculus also has Facebook’s backing.