Legendary videogame developer and Oculus VR’s Chief Technology Officer John Carmack has revealed that he is developing a virtual reality (VR) comic book store. Carmack didn’t reveal much about the project, which would presumably work with the Oculus Rift VR headset that he works on full-time, but did suggest that the idea was born from a recently-launched initiative from Marvel Comics.
“I am building a VR comic book shop. Not kidding,” Carmack revealed on Twitter. The developer had initially posted a link to the Marvel Comics API on Twitter, calling it ‘forward thinking’. The Marvel Comics API is essentially a digital database that developers can use to take assets such as cover and character art and apply them to their own digital applications. One follower then asked if perhaps this service could be mixed with the Oculus Rift, to which Carmack revealed his digital side-project.
The developer didn’t reveal anything else about the application. It could be that he is using the Marvel Comics API himself to bring an authentic feel to the virtual store. Would we be able to read entire comic books within the app or would is simply be a virtual tour much like some other VR-based fan projects. VRFocus will continue to follow Carmack’s work on both this digital store and the Oculus Rift and report back with any more news.