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Oculus Names John Carmack As New CTO

Oculus Rift has come a long way since its Kickstarter days but John Carmack demonstrated his support for the product well before it ever appeared on Kickstarter. As Technical Director for id Software, Carmack showed off the HMD running Doom 3 at E3 2012. Now, one year on, Carmack is throwing all of his weight behind the VR HMD. Oculus today announced that Carmack would be joining the company as Chief Technology Officer. Though it's not mentioned in the release, tweets from Carmack suggest he will remain at id Software in addition to taking on this new role at Oculus.


Perhaps best known in the gaming community as the co-founder of id Software and lead programmer on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and the Quake series, Carmack is also a pioneer of 3D graphics as well as a rocketry enthusiast. He also founded aerospace startup Armadillo Aerospace in 2000. Speaking about his new job, Carmack said he thinks VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but it's not there yet, and there's a lot more work to do.

"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 said in a prepared statement, later adding, "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!"

Speaking via Twitter, Carmack said his division of time will now be 'Oculus over id over Armadillo.' He also commented that going from "working on carefully engineered code for the long haul to PANICKY STARTUP CODING FOR THE NEXT DEMO" will be a big change for him. Carmack will work out of a new Oculus office that the company intends to open in Dallas, Texas. id Software is also headquartered in Dallas, Texas.