The man most credited with inventing the FPS and a true game making legend, John Carmack is joining Oculus VR, the company hoping to make the 1980s dream of 3D virtual reality headsets a reality as Chief Technology Officer it was confirmed today.
In a statement made to confirm his new appointment, the great man, whose position at id Software is currently unknown states:
“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!”
The news comes just weeks after Carmac began winding up his rocket making, NASA subcontracting company Armadillo Airspace. According to Oculus, "John will be working from the new Oculus Dallas office that we’re opening soon."