From the first-person shooting days of Quake and Doom, John Carmack is now heading on over to the virtual reality space.
After years as Technical Director and co-founder of id Software, John Carmack has now been reported to be working alongside the development of the upcoming virtual reality device, the Oculus Rift, working full-time from a newly-opened office in Dallas, Texas for the company. After raising its initial $250,000 startup funds for the VR device, Oculus has since been expanding and growing its staff for developing and seeing the Oculus Rift to launch. Carmack stated on working with Oculus:
“I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first-person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct-taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome.”
In a recent clarification from id Software, Carmack is still reported to be working alongside id Software as well, working with Oculus but also to “continue to provide leadership” for any future projects or games with id.