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Google job postings suggest plans for VR headset beyond Cardboard

Google is searching for virtual reality hardware engineers to join its newly-formed VR division, fueling speculation the company is planning to create its own Oculus Rift-like headset.

Several job postings, as spotted by Road to VR, suggest Google is ready to graduate beyond the Cardboard project and launch a fully-fledged headset.

There are 15 available positions relating to VR, including rather blatant job titles like “Hardware Engineer, VR Camera Systems.”

One particular opening featured the job description: “Our consumer hardware team is working on revolutionising how people interact with their hardware, and looking for engineers to make that a reality.”

Other positions had featured the words “virtual reality” in the titles, but have now been altered to read “consumer hardware.”

Those positions feature less specific information in the description, such as: “We want to open new ways to interact with devices and create a natural, seamless interface the world’s information.”

See also: Best Google Cardboard apps

The new VR division at Google will bleed by Clay Bavor, who previously headed-up with successful Cardboard scheme.

The low-cost (and often free) origami-inspired headset has allowed millions of people to experience VR for the first time without having to splash out on an expensive and imperfect device.

Now it seems clear Google has greater ambitions beyond Cardboard and likely has full hardware of its own in the offing.

Considering how much work Google has put into creating and promoting VR and 360-degree video experiences, it makes sense for the company to have its own version of the Rift, Samsung Gear VR or HTC Vive Pre.

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