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Amazon is working on making its Prime Video streaming service available in virtual reality.

The online retail giant is recruiting a "talented Senior Software Development Manager to lead our Virtual Reality team" in Santa Monica, California.

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The job would involve helping to make a "Virtual Reality experience within Amazon Video."

So what will this entail?

The job ad doesn't reveal too much. Though it does say: "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."

Ingestion? Us neither.

Chances are, Amazon wants to offer 360-degree immersive VR videos as part of Prime Video. YouTube already offers them, after all.

While rivals Netflix and Hulu have dipped their toes into the virtual reality world, they plan on offering a digital storefront in virtual reality, rather than fully-fledged VR content.

So Amazon could have bigger plans for the technology. Back in October, a patent application revealed that the e-tailer had designed a pair of virtual reality glasses that could switch to being transparent when not in use. Though the firm is yet to confirm any release date for the product.



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