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Amazon job listing reveals VR ambitions

Amazon is looking to join the VR resolution, or so a fresh job listing suggests.

With pretty much every other major tech company – plus online media rivals Netflix and Hulu – all invested in their own VR projects, you might be mistaken for thinking that Amazon was preparing to sit this one out.

Back in October, however, a patent application revealed that Amazon had designed a pair of VR glasses that could transition to a transparent state when not in use. We haven’t heard anything official on the company’s plans, however.

Now a job posting on Glassdoor reveals that, yes, Amazon does indeed have an active VR department with major plans in the field.

Amazon is after a “talented Senior Software Development Manager to lead our Virtual Reality team” in Santa Monica, California. The team is said to be building a “Virtual Reality experience within Amazon Video.”

Related: What is 360-degree video?

The post doesn’t go on to discuss much in the way of specifics, but it does mention that “The Virtual Reality team will explore and create the platform and interface for immersive storytelling. This will include an ingestion and playback platform for Virtual Reality experiences.”

As UploadVR points out, this could suggest that Amazon is looking to take on YouTube in offering a platform for 360-degree VR content distribution. Streaming rivals Netflix and Hulu are simply offering a storefront for their own VR content.

Next, watch us trying out the HTC Vive VR headset:

Do you have a burning desire to watch films and TV shows with a 360-degree VR component to them? Let us know in the comments.

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