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AR/VR Weekly | Aug. 14, 2019

Nate Mitchell has left the building, making him the last Oculus VR cofounder to leave under Facebook'
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Nate Mitchell has left the building, making him the last Oculus VR cofounder to leave under Facebook’s stewardship. 
What does this mean for Oculus? We don’t know yet. As VentureBeat VR reporter Jeremy Horwitz wrote Tuesday, “It’s unclear whether the departure was entirely amicable, but it appears to have been fairly sudden.” 
It feels like Facebook is losing all of the original creative minds behind its biggest acquisitions – the founders of Instagram and WhatsApp are also gone. Facebook is facing a great deal of scrutiny these days, so this could very much be a case of people getting out while the gettin’s good. 
Or maybe Mitchell isn’t happy that Facebook had Oculus make the incremental-improvement Rift S headset instead of the Rift 2? 
So, if you want to talk about some more uplifting, let’s look at Nomadic. It’s expanding its VR location-based entertainment to Asia. I got a behind-the-scenes look at Nomadic a couple of years ago. It uses actual sets, sounds, and sensations to help make the virtual environment in your headset feel more real. When I took the headset off, the steel girder I walked across was really a nice-looking 2-by-4. That wind I felt as I walked across the girder? A big ol’ fan. That door handle? Well … it was a door handle! But you get the picture. 
If you ever get the chance to try out Arizona Sunshine in Orlando, Florida, I suggest you do. 
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– Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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