Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe joins exodus from Facebook

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<pA co-founder of Facebookvirtual reality division.

<pFacebook issued a statement Monday hailing Iribe for pushing virtual reality "far beyond the boundaries of what people thought possible and it's because of his vision that we're all here working on VR today. We're thankful for his leadership, his dedication to building the impossible, and he'll be missed."

<pOculus is considered a pioneer in making the virtual reality headsets that immerse users in artificial, three-dimensional worlds. Despite Facebook's backing, virtual reality remains a niche field of technology popular primarily among video game fans looking for even more compelling entertainment.

<pFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg<pBut Systrom hinted there might have been some discord brewing in Facebook during an appearance last week.

<p"No one every leaves a job because things were awesome," he said.