Amazon job posting reveals it's forming a VR team for Video

It wants to create a 'playback platform for Virtual Reality experiences.'

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Mariella Moon
March 7, 2016 9:05 PM
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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amazon is cooking up a virtual reality initiative, a job posting on Glassdoor has revealed. In the ad spotted by UploadVR, the company wrote that it's looking for a Senior Software Development Manager to lead a team that will build a VR experience within Amazon Video. It's still not clear what Bezos and cohorts are planning, and if it's more than just an app for VR headsets similar to Netflix's and Hulu's.

This part of the ad, however, indicates something bigger:

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.

As UploadVR noted, that makes it sound like Amazon wants to do more than just create VR experiences. The second and third lines, in particular, hint at building a platform à la YouTube where people can watch VR videos, similar to Wevr's Transport. Either way, it was only a matter of time before a behemoth like Amazon got into the VR game, so the move isn't surprising. We just have to wait and see what kind of virtual reality offering the company comes up with.

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Amazon job posting reveals it's forming a VR team for Video