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John Carmack is Creating Software for the Oculus Rift

by Eric Frederiksen | January 9, 2014January 9, 2014 7:30 pm PST


John Carmack started his move to Oculus Rift just a few months ago, finally completing the job when he formally left Id Software in November.

Since then, it’s been unclear what all he is working on. According to an interview by Engadget with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, though, software is still a major part of his job.

In addition to working on hardware in his role as the company’s Chief Technical Officer, part of Carmack’s role is creating software that will show everyone what all the Oculus Rift headset is capable of.

“He’s working on a lot of exciting tech. But, his heart and soul and history certainly lies in the game-development side,” Iribe said. Engadget appropriately compares Carmack’s work to Epic Games’ method of unveiling a new engine and creating a game to show it off.

Iribe says that, “over the next six to twelve months, if you monitor the careers page, we are putting our team out there… Pay attention to that page and you’ll see more and more game developers showing up.”

Whether Carmack is working on a proper game or an in-depth demonstration it’s not entirely clear. The Rift has many converts already, raving about what it’s doing for games, but it sounds like we haven’t even seen everything yet.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...