Ben Kuchera

John Carmack becomes the CTO of Oculus VR, retains “ties” to id Software

John Carmack becomes the CTO of Oculus VR, retains “ties” to id Software

The Oculus Rift hardware came into the news when id's John Carmack began to demo a virtual reality version of Doom 3: BFG Edition to the press in order to drum up interest in the game. He gave private demos during QuakeCon 2012, and spoke openly and effusively about what could be done with the hardware, and ideas he had for improvements to the design and software.

It wasn't idle talk, as Oculus has announced that John Carmack has now joined Oculus as the company Chief Technology Officer, and will be working from the company's new office in Dallas, Texas.

The Penny Arcade Report has been able to clarify that Carmack begins working full time for Oculus today, but still has “ties” to id Software, according to Oculus PR. His role in the company he co-founded, if any, is unknown at this point. We'll be following up to see what we can find out about his relationship to the company.

Update: We've been provided the following statement from Bethesda.

John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.

Carmack has been a fantastic supporter of virtual reality for years, and his early work with the Rift was already impressive. Oculus is quickly becoming an impressive force in the industry.