Facebook continues to enlarge its VR ambitions in the Pacific Northwest

Facebook remains to enlarge its VR ambitions in the Pacific Northwest. The firm has been silently develop its footprint 16 miles East of Seattle, in Microsoft’s backyard.

A latest investigation by real estate resource BuildZoom sheds extra light on the Menlo Park-based firms attempts to construct a satellite virtual reality HQ in and around Seattle. Around the previous three years, Facebook has expended $106 million on building and development allows for Oculus offices in Redmond.

In 2018 alone, Facebook expended $88.3 million on Oculus -related allows for as much as eight latest offices in the region. BuildZoom’s investigates identifies five properties in special, all on Willow Road in Redmond, that span more than 90,000 square feet of lab and office space.

Those situations are 9845 Willows Rd., 10545 Willows Rd., 10785 Willows Rd., 9805 Willows Rd. and 9461 Willow Road.

Previous November, Seattle-based news site GeekWire announced that Facebook was on the hunt for 200,000 square feet worth of R&D space in Redmond, to enlarge its existing Oculus research attempts there. During the time, Oculus registered more than 60 job places in Redmond in extra to a little amount of employment for its Oculus work in Seattle proper. Oculus is presently employing for 121 place in Redmond, with 42 of them in research.

9805 Willows Rd, via Google Maps

TechCrunch reached out to Facebook about its ideas for the latest Oculus offices but the firm delayed to comment. Late previous year, an Oculus spokesperson said  TechCrunch that the firm is developing its Seattle team to achieve its aim to “get 1 billion people into VR.”

This May, Oculus reported that its Oculus Research division would be rebranded as Facebook Reality Labs.
The developing Oculus offices combine nearby Valve, Microsoft’s HoloLens and other VR works nearby to cement Seattle as one of tech’s major VR hubs beyond Silicon Valley.

 

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