Sometimes the best way to find out what a company is working on is to simply look at its job vacancies. If a project is suitably big enough then more personnel are occasionally needed – or those with specific skills and experience – and this seems to be the case regarding Facebook’s interest in putting a great focus on enterprise edition headsets.
First spotted by Variety, a recent job posting by Facebook was looking for a Software Engineer, with the details revealing the company’s interest in expanding its business platform:
“The AR/VR Enterprise team charter is to deliver Facebook AR and VR platforms for business. Starting with VR, we are building an Oculus Go and Oculus Quest Enterprise edition expected to launch in 2019. This effort encompasses everything from hardware integrations, software platforms, enterprise-developer ecosystems and SDKs, SLAs, and more.”
Now the company already has enterprise operations in place thanks to its Oculus for Business initiative which began in 2017, offering specific bundles for Oculus Rift and later on Oculus Go, with extended warranties, service and licensing terms. These new Oculus Go and Oculus Quest Enterprise edition’s seem to be going a stage further, with the job applicants responsibilities including:
- Design and develop enterprise features into Oculus mobile VR system applications
- Design and develop VR frameworks to enable enterprise use cases such as corporate training
- Ensure security and privacy concerns remain a top priority and are identified and addressed
All of which accounts for a far more robust and focused approach to providing VR business solutions to companies and institutions worldwide.
Oculus could well be taking a leaf out of HTC Vive’s book – or offer its own solution – because of the HTC Vive Pro Eye and the HTC Vive Focus Plus, two headsets both aimed specifically at the enterprise market only, offering high-end visuals with eye tracking or a wireless, standalone experience respectively.
More official details will likely be released on or around the Facebook Developers Conference (F8) at the end of April, when the Oculus Quest is most probably going to be launched.