John Carmack Joins Oculus VR as Chief Technology Officer

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Oculus VR, the company behind the highly anticipated virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift, has announced that legendary game programmer John Carmack is joining the team as Chief Technology Officer. Carmack co-founded id Software, where he has led development of a number of popular gaming franchises, including Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. He will remain with id Software, although Oculus will be his primary focus for the time being.
    Oculus Rift raised nearly $2.5 million in a Kickstarter campaign ending last September, with the company delivering thousands of prototype headsets to developers to help them build games for the system. A consumer launch for the headset is rumored for next year, although the company has refrained from committing to a specific timeline.

    While some have suspected that console gaming might be an area of interest for Oculus, the company indicates that beyond PC gaming it is also focusing on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, with the rapid pace of innovation in mobile serving as a distinct draw compared to the much longer development cycles on console platforms.

    Article Link: John Carmack Joins Oculus VR as Chief Technology Officer
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Is. He's still with Id.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2009
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    It's cool to see someone who's been in the business as long as Carmack still gets inspired by new technologies. Go make some great stuff!
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    And if you investigate the citation on Wikipedia for that, the source article has been updated stating "John Carmack will remain at id"

    Just because something is on Wikipedia doesn't make it correct :p
  7. macrumors member


    Oct 24, 2006
    Silicon Valley
    A grain of salt should do the trick. :D
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2009
    You can watch newest Quakecon video with him, released 3 days ago, he mentions multiple times about projects he is working on at id.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    This is great news for the Oculus. Very promising.
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Can't wait for the consumer version with positional tracking and extra detail. I've been waiting for this kind of gaming (and even art) experience most of my life! YouTube reactions make me jealous--but I should have the chance to try a Rift for myself next week.

    The long-term future of VR, as Oculus has said, will be connecting these to future, more-powerful smartphones, not to bulky PCs. And that means, Apple, get rid of the video-out lag! (Faster encoding/decoding chips?)

    (Also, John: Doom 3 BFG Edition with Rift support on the Mac App Store please :) )
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Could be like a Bill Gates situation. He "left" his daily duties, but is such an important figure he is still involved in projects and consults them.

    I don't even see where it says he left. Everything still says he is there?

    "On August 7, 2013, Carmack joined Oculus VR as their CTO, while still contributing to id Software"
  12. macrumors 68030


    With the received encouragement and support from the dev community, this product has an excellent chance to catch on. Intended mostly for indoor/at-home use, obviously. I definitely think it has a future.
  13. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    I'd love to be a part-time worker at 2 established companies!

    I like my Rift and can't wait to see what they do with a retail unit. It's amazing tech.
  14. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I meant "was" from the perspective that he co-founded it many years ago. :)

    But I updated to make it clear that he will remain with id...thanks.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    Guess that answer the "But can it play Doom?" question...
  16. macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
  17. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2010
    Oculus has stated their current #1 support goal is PC gaming, #2 mobile devices. They did not say their focus is console gaming as this article states.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    regardless Carmack tweeted he's over half his time at Occulus now. that's closer to be FT at Occ than id. I'd imagine contractual obligations to the new corporate owner of id are a factor.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this dude looks a lot like alton brown in that photo
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Lol. You're not alone.
  21. macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    If you were dazed, I was confused.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    Once you said that I took another look and they both do look kinda alike.

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