Amazon gets into VR

AmazonA job advert indicates that the online bookseller Amazon is getting into VR.

The ad, posted to Amazon’s Glassdoor page, is for a ‘Senior Software Development Manager’ who will be responsible for ‘the Virtual Reality experience within Amazon Video.’

The basic qualifications are a degree in computer science, at least 15 years of relevant experience in engineering, seven years of technical experience and an additional five years of experience as a software development manager. Previous experience with virtual reality is optional apparently.

Netflix recently said it wanted to create 360-degree VR projects, it is likely that Amazon will do the same for its Prime service. Intel just wrote a cheque for a company which also makes this sorts of projects.

However it is possible that the bookseller could also be looking into hardware too. It has filed a patent for a VR headset and releasing its new game engine, Lumberyard, which supports VR technology.

The job posting said: ‘Entertainment is evolving rapidly. The future will not be limited to passive 2D experiences. 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.’