John Carmack Joins Oculus VR

August 7, 2013 -

Update: We have edited the headline because John Carmack will continue to work at id Software, according to what Bethesda Softworks tells Eurogamer:

"John will spend time working out of Oculus as part of his role with them, but he will also continue to work at id."

Apparently he'll be splitting his time between the two companies. Double pay.

Original Story: id Software co-founder John Carmack has joined virtual reality technology company Oculus VR. Carmack has been the lead programmer and developer on such hit franchises as the Doom series, the Quake series, Rage, and many other popular games over the last couple of decades. Carmack will lead development of the virtual reality gaming headset as the new chief technology officer from the company's new office in Dallas, Texas. He will also continue to work at id Software in some capacity going forward.

"The dream of VR has been simmering in the background for decades, but now, the people and technologies are finally aligning to allow it to reach the potential we imagined," Carmack said in a statement. "I'm extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology."

"To build the best virtual reality experience, we're putting together a team of the brightest minds, and John Carmack is at the top of the list. It's a true honor," Oculus cofounder and CEO Brendan Iribe added.

"A pioneer of 2D, 3D, and now VR, John continues to define the future of computer graphics and gaming. We share John's commitment to providing the world with open platforms that inspire innovation and creation."

"I am thrilled to work with John on building the Metaverse," said Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. "John's early experiments with the Rift put Oculus on the map and helped create an amazing amount of momentum around virtual reality. His technical genius and passion for solving hard problems makes him the ideal CTO."

Source: CVG


 
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