Oculus VR creators of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset which is currently under development and in the hands of developers has this week announced that John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, has joined Oculus VR as Chief Technology Officer.
Carmack will lead development of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset from the new Oculus VR office in Dallas, TX. John Carmack, CTO of Oculus and cofounder of id Software explained after the news was announced :
“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.”-“I’m extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology.”
Brendan Iribe, cofounder and CEO, Oculus explained:
“To build the best virtual reality experience, we’re putting together a team of the brightest minds, and John Carmack is at the top of the list. It’s a true honor,”-“A pioneer of 2D, 3D, and now VR, John continues to define the future of computer graphics and gaming. We share John’s commitment to providing the world with open platforms that inspire innovation and creation.”
An advocate of open source software, Carmack is a world renowned luminary who has altered the landscape of multiple industries. From programming several of the most groundbreaking video games, to trailblazing 3D engine licensing, Carmack’s work has been leveraged in industry defining franchises such as Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Half-Life, Call of Duty® and Medal ofHonor. He has pioneered adoption of many of the techniques used in real time computer graphics today, including light mapping, megatexturing, raycasting, and binary space partitioning. Carmack was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2001, awarded two Emmy® awards for his work in graphics technology in 2006 and 2007, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the GDC in 2010.