The latest co-founder of Oculus VR, Nate Mitchell, leaves Facebook

Oculus co-founder, Nate Mitchell, has left Facebook, marking one of the last founders of Oculus to do so. Mitchell has been with the company for seven years and eventually became responsible for the VR product. He has now decided to focus on travel, family and "recharge" before moving to new pastures.

"Virtual reality is always at the cutting edge of technology," says Mitchell's post on Oculus subreddit (via The Verge), "and this community continues to pave the way for the future. Waiting is still unknown and that's what makes it exciting Stay bold and pursue the future And then I take the time to travel, to be with the family and to gain strength. still part of this community, but my role will be much less important. "

This year, Mitchell reportedly oversaw the launch of the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Rift Quest, PC VR captive helmets and stand-alone headsets. The Rift S is a new and improved version of the initial Rift, launched for the first time in 2016, and the subject of the initial Kickstarter founded by Mitchell, Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe, Andrew Scott Reisse and Michael Antonov.

In 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be acquiring Oculus VR for $ 2 billion. Since then, and unrelated to the sale, its original founders have all left the company – Mitchell being the last to leave.

Last year, Brendan Iribe left the company due to disagreements over the future of virtual reality. Iribe would be interested in the new generation of high-end Oculus Rift headsets. However, Oculus focused on the autonomous and traditional markets.

Mitchell's departure, however, seems less exciting, with a focus on family and travel. I had the pleasure of interviewing Nate during his stay in Oculus, during which he was always very involved and passionate about the activities of the virtual reality company. We wish him the best for his future projects.

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