John Carmack: Oculus Rift Isn’t “Crappy Stuff That Doesn’t Work”

Oculus CTO believes the device is “like getting religion on contact”.

Posted By | On 06th, Jan. 2015 Under News


Oculus Rift

Though Oculus VR was embroiled in controversy following its acquisition by Facebook, its virtual reality hardware Rift is still very much a big deal. You need look no further than the thoughts of CTO John Carmack, former id Software founder who left the influential FPS developer to help craft the future of VR.

Speaking to Fortune, Carmack talked about the unique aspects of Rift. “Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking.

“It’s not crappy stuff that doesn’t work and makes everybody sick. When you experience Oculus technology, it’s like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer.”

Carmack also feels that even with the advances made by Oculus, it’s still only just getting started. “Experiencing mobile VR is like when you first tried a decent desktop VR experience. There is a sense that you are glimpsing something from the future. This is science fiction made real, and it’s only just the beginning.”

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