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Interestingly, Zuckerberg pointed out that Hugo is currently in China and they both were together using the virtual reality technology that Oculus has been working on. He further adds, “Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.”

This comes days after Barra announced that he will be leaving Xiaomi to return to Silicon Valley to work on something exciting. During the announcement Barra cited health reasons for the exit but pointed, ““This journey has been nothing short of spectacular in every way, and I can proudly say that Xiaomi Global is the first baby I helped bring into the world”. The sudden move was unexpected and nobody anticipated as he is the most recognised face to represent Xiaomi on the global platform.

Last year, Oculus introduced its debut device, the Rift virtual-reality goggles, which need to be tethered to a powerful, pricey computer to work. But shipping problems and a higher-than-expected price bungled the launch. The goggles also face mounting competition from products by the likes of HTC Corp. and Sony Corp. The headset has also failed to gain traction among mainstream consumers.

“I don’t think that good virtual reality is fully there yet,” Mr. Zuckerberg said during his testimony. The move brings Mr. Barra back to familiar stomping grounds. In 2013, Mr. Barra was recruited to Xiaomi from Google, where he was product head of its Android mobile operating system.

When Mr. Barra resigned from Xiaomi this week, he said only that he wanted to return to Silicon Valley and declined to specify where he was going.

Mr. Zuckerberg said he has known Mr. Barra since Mr. Barra’s time at Google “when he helped develop the Android operating system.” Mr. Barra is still in China. To commemorate the moment, Mr. Zuckerberg chose to share a picture of his virtual-reality avatar seated alongside a representation of Mr. Barra. “Here we are together in VR,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “It seems fitting.”