id Software’s John Carmack has always had a thing for virtual reality headsets, and now he has become the CTO of Oculus.
Here’s what he had to say about it:
“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,” he wrote.
“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!”
With him helping out the Oculus team, truly great things can be achieved with the Rift, which has already taken the world by storm.
Update: Bethesda has officially released a statement:
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.
Here’s an image of John with the Oculus Rift headset.