Doom and Quake Creator Joins Virtual Reality Headset Gaming Firm

John Carmack’s claim to fame is the first-person shooter game genre.  He developed games such as Doom and Quake.  Now he’s joining Oculus VR to work on Oculus Rift, a goggle like device designed to immerse players into a game.

The Oculus Rift, which has been made thanks in part to $2.4m raised through crowd-funding site Kickstarter, requires the user to wear a black headset, the front of which contains two small screens, each displaying a slightly different perspective on the same scene.

The effect is one of being “in” the game – if the player moves his or her head around, the scene changes accordingly.  Movement is still achieved by using a traditional controller, although other designers have experimented with creating treadmill-like add-ons for the device.

Early demo models of the headset used two 640 by 800 pixel screens – but it is likely that the version that gets released publicly will be in high-definition.

Mr Carmack said: “Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer.

“The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today. I’m extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology.”

Mr Carmack is best known for founding iD Software, the firm responsible for the likes of Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake and others – all of which pushed boundaries in what remains one of the most popular gaming formats.

Mr Carmack said he will continue to work with iD, but that his main focus was now on Oculus VR.

He also runs a small aerospace company, however this has been put in “hibernation mode” following various setbacks including a crashed rocket.

The company has not yet released a date for the headset.

The developers say their kit has a much wider field of view than rival systems on the market.


Source: BBC News – Games pioneer John Carmack joins virtual reality headset firm