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Hugo Barra departs Xiaomi and joins Facebook as head of Oculus VR

By James Lu - on 29 Jan 2017, 10:50am

Hugo Barra joins Facebook as head of Oculus VR

Note: This article was first published on 26th Jan 2017.

Just days after announcing his departure from Xiaomi, Hugo Barra has revealed that he'll be joining Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg's new VP of Virtual Reality, heading up the Oculus team.

Mark Zuckerberg also shared the news on his own Facebook page, stating that "Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They'll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I'm looking forward to having him on our team."

Barra fills the hole left by former Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, who stepped down to focus on the company's PC efforts in December. The announcement came with a picture of Barra and Mark Zuckerberg hanging out using virtual avatars, as Barra is currently still in China.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg & Hugo Barra