After a virtual reality (VR) side project — Google Cardboard — made VR experiences available at dirt cheap prices, Alphabet Inc’s Google has created a VR computing division, said Clay Bavor, the executive running its product management team. A spokesman for Google, Joshua Cruz, confirmed Bavor’s new role on the team, but declined to provide any further details. According to Bavor’s Twitter profile, he is the vice president of Virtual Reality at Google.
Google has been flirting with virtual reality but never quite fully dived into it until now. In May last year, the company announced a partnership with action-camera maker GoPro to enable 360 degree view in virtual reality, using a new technology that Google had developed.
The company said in November its video-sharing site YouTube supported virtual reality video. Viewers could view VR video using a cellphone and Google Cardboard viewer.
Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook bought in 2014, has started accepting pre-orders for its much-awaited virtual reality headset, Rift, which will ship in Q1.