Gaming legend John Carmack joins Oculus Rift as CTO

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Aug 7, 2013
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  1. iD Software co-founder John Carmack has officially joined the Oculus Rift team as chief technology officer. The gaming pioneer will be working with the virtual reality headset of the same name on a full-time basis at the company’s new office...

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  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    This news makes me so happy.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,652   +1,092

    With John Carmack there we can safely say that it will be at least profitable if not a huge success. Loved his really loooooong keynotes this year.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    This should mean the oculus rift will be pushing its way into peoples homes faster with a better quality product!
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    @ tarila
  6. JC=Death of Product

    Not glad to hear this
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Not sure what to think of this. Is it good or bad?
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Oculus has one major flaw in my opinion, and it's that I (users) can't look around the display.

    By that, I mean that if I want to type something on the keyboard to my friends I have to lift/remove the display to find the keys since I'm the hunt and peck type of keyboarder. Or if I want to get a drink from a cup on my desk I have risk knocking it over and grab blindly in air for the cup or lift the display and find locate the cup before I pick it up.

    I think that this can be corrected through a button or some other interaction to switch the display to a camera that can be mounted on the Oculus somewhere to allow temporary vision into your environment. It would be a bonus if that button was pressure sensitive and made the game screen more transparent the harder you press the button.

    I just hope that some tester points this out before it goes into production.
  9. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I've met Carmack in person, he is the Godfather of the FPS.
  10. Novulux

    Novulux TS Rookie

    Reverse Google Glass, with a camera showing a small feed of the outside world in the corner of your eye?
  11. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    I look forward to the Rift.. As long as the refresh is fast enough I don't get headaches. As far as typing... Learn how to type. I haven't looked at a keyboard in 30 years. Feel for the F and J keys and off your fingers run.

    Getting a drink? Pause the game and remove the headset or use sports bottles in prepared locations. There are always solutions. The whole POINT to the Rift is the immersion effect. If you can see through it or around it, you lose that. I wouldn't see how they could see through it without always having light-bleed issues also. But we'll see I guess. I have no problem popping up a corner of the mask to see something if necessary, especially with twins running around the house.

    I just want them to stop mucking about with it and release it already!!! Drift with Rift! COMEON! Save me from buying my other 2 monitors!!!
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974


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