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John Carmack joins Oculus VR team as CTO
John Carmack joins Oculus VR team as CTO
August 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose

August 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

John Carmack, the video game industry veteran who is best known for co-founding id Software, has officially joined the Oculus Rift team as its new chief technology officer.

Carmack has been an integral part of the Oculus Rift technology since early into production, and has been a pioneer of VR hardware in general for a long time. He was the first developer to integrate the Oculus Rift into a game.

This latest move will see him working alongside the Oculus Rift team at its new Dallas offices. Neither the Oculus Rift team or Carmack himself have confirmed whether or not he has left id Software. Gamasutra has contacted Oculus and id's parent company Zenimax for more details.

Update: A spokesperson for Bethesda has told Gamasutra, "John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected."

Meanwhile, an Oculus spokesperson has told us, "He's full time at Oculus VR."

Following the communications with company spokespeople, Carmack said via his Twitter account:

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Nicholas DiMucci
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I look forward to John help shape the future of gaming, once again. This is beyond exciting news!

Juris Laivins
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Amazing news! Now they just need Michael Abrash there for a the best team in the world.

Rob Wright
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Unless Carmack cloned himself, there is simply no way he can devote any real time to id going forward, despite the company's claims to the contrary. Game development is not a part time job.

Kyle Harrison
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I believe the article has stated that he's in a technical "leadership" role at Id right now, which could mean he's just a repo master now, haha greenlighting and whistleblowing code

Freek Hoekstra
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which is fine, he can still help make the design choices and instead of writing code he can architect... what worries me is that Todd Hollenshead has also left recently, and Doom 4 has been rebooted...

all that is sad news for Id Software,
But John working on his passion, virtual headgear that I can get very excited about! I look forward to Johns work there, and I truly hope the man who created the FPS can now take that to the next level!

Nooh Ha
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This is stereoscopic Carmack. There are two versions of him based on the same core asset in two different places.

Phil Maxey
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This is exactly what Oculus Rift needs, I wonder how long it's going to be before OR goes mass market.

Mark Nelson
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I'm really excited about this! Seems like a very wise move for both parties.

TC Weidner
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This is great news. I guess I better get a lot done in the next year or so, because once oculus and its supported games start coming out, I could be in trouble as my time might be sucked up in virtual worlds.

Kyle Harrison
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This is incredible news. I'm sad that this means he's less at Id, but this couldn't be in anyones better favour than having John on the OR VR Team. As CTO no less.

I look forward to John helping shape an already incredible product, into something even more mouth watering.

Matthew Cleere
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It's about time they got John "on there"

Daniel Camus
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I believe that Doom 4 development it's on a point where Carmack's skills aren't needed that much, most of the time consuming work it's related to asset creation, the technology it's ready to work with. It's really exciting news, technology it's what John do best!

Cordero W
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I don't really like the Oculus for numerous reasons, but with Carmack supporting it now, it's probably a sure sign that it'll at least get good enough marketing.

Mike Kasprzak
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Quakecon's gonna be weird now.

Scott Lavigne
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Except that he's still at id, and even if he wasn't, we'd still be likely to see him (id and Zenimax both know Quakecon would hold a lot less weight without him there).

Javier Monsuarez
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Great, Carmak is THE ONE, I'm very glad to have such a personality on that, I'm making developements for Oculus and this new ensures imporovement of quality.
Carmak can do whatever he wants, I make video games today due to Quake.
GO ON!!!!!!