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Carmack on Oculus: ‘No place I would rather be’

It’s set to be a big year for Oculus VR and virtual reality (VR) in general. Ever since the firms founder, Palmer Luckey reignited the flame of VR with his original version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), more and more videogame industry veterans have either joined Oculus itself or drawn into the burgeoning VR industry. One of the most well known and beloved figures to join the company was John Carmack as Chief Technology Officer, who recently reaffirmed his decision to be at Oculus VR.

John Carmack

Carmack was responding to a users Tweet on which company he could have joined after leaving id Software, owned by ZeniMax Media. He said: “Much respect for Valve, but there is no place I would rather be than at Oculus today.”

Oculus VR is currently embroiled in a long running lawsuit with ZeniMax Media, which is alleging the VR firm is using its trade secrets for Oculus Rift, several employees from ZeniMax including Carmack moved to the company in its early years.

Carmack is well respected within the videogame industry, he co-founded id Software which created seminal titles such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake among many others. With the Oculus Rift due to begin shipping at the end of March, VR enthusiasts will finally get to see the years of work that been put into the headset, with expectations being high.

VRFocus will continue to follow John Carmack and his work in VR closely, reporting back with any fresh details.