Carmack joins Oculus Rift team

Written by David Hing

August 8, 2013 // 7:44 a.m.

Tags: #bethesda #id #john-carmack #oculus-rift #virtual-reality

Id Software luminary John Carmack has taken a full time chief technology officer position with Oculus VR, the hardware developer behind the Oculus Rift.

Over Twitter, Carmack explained his time was now divided between Oculus Rift, Id and rocket company Armadillo. Bethesda has stated that Carmack's technical leadership at Id will however be unaffected by the new job.

'The dream of VR has been simmering in the background for decades, but now, the people and technologies are finally aligning to allow it to reach the potential we imagined,' said Carmack. 'I'm extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology.'

Carmack will be based in Oculus VR's new office which is opening up in Dallas, Texas. The company is also looking for key hires to join the office and support Carmack.

The Id co-founder has been a vocal supporter of the virtual reality headset and Oculus VR also praised his support for open source software. The company credits Carmack's early experiments with its virtual reality hardware as helping to put the technology on the map.

'His technical genius and passion for solving hard problems makes him the ideal CTO,' said Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky.

The Oculus Rift has been available for developers since March this year, although a commercial release date is yet to be established. The headset raised $2.4m through a round of crowd funding on Kickstarter, which fed into the total $16m the company raised through all channels to develop the technology.

The consumer version of the Oculus Rift is still being worked on and some of the kinks still need to be ironed out. The company aims to have improved head tracking, weapon tracking and a 1080p resolution ready for the consumer release.

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