John Carmack: people who try Oculus “walk out a believer”


John Carmack, founder of id Software, father of Doom, and now CTO at Oculus, has been promoting the virtual reality experience that the Rift headset offers. Comparing it to a religious awakening, he claims that when people finally get to go eyes-on with the Rift they “walk out a believer”.

Talking with Fortune, Carmack detailed how he chose to leave id Software and join up with Oculus. He had previously experimented with VR himself, but Oculus’ vision drew him in and convinced him that their ideas were what would elevate the project over other doomed experiments.

“Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking,” explained Carmack.

“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.”

Whilst the technology is working and exceptionally impressive, Carmack knows that this is only the start of a long road. “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,” he said.

Thanks, Gamespot.