John Carmack likes mobile hardware. He also digs the Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift, the company, seems to be really into the idea of getting the Rift hardware working on next-generation phones. If John Carmack joined up with Rift, that could only mean good things for us, right?

If you haven't heard the news today, John Carmack was announced as the new CTO of Rift. And while he'll still have some sort of "technical leadership" over at his old stomping grounds id Software, he's going to be working in Dallas at Rift. Carmack wrote the following for today, touching on how he sees VR as the future:

“I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming -- the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. 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; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome!”

It's not that hard of a leap in logic to think that Carmack's going to potentially help Rift actually come to phones, especially since the company's CEO seems really into this idea. Through the years, every time we've talked to Carmack he's been super pumped about mobile and its potential, which maybe isn't too surprising considering how much phones tend to improve year-to-year. These things are powerful devices and next year's model is going to be that much more.

We'll definitely keep our ears to the ground on this one, as it'd be really neat to get Rift on mobile. But, regardless, Carmack's hiring is certainly going to make the Rift even better.

  • wimbuytaert

    Make a freaking doom game like the old days with new 3d image and it wil rock!! On ios for 4,99... Dreams

  • iammane

    This is pretty incredible news

  • Adams Immersive

    Great to hear. I have ordered a Rift and already made a game (well, a slapped-together start) with VR in mind. But my preferred future is making iOS games. How long until the two can combine?

  • FlamingoDaBird

    Awesome! More VR to the people! Can't wait, need VR now! 🙂

  • themostunclean

    I'll wait until it's being plugged into the back of my skull to call anything a game changer.

    • awrobinson

      Like eXistenZ?

      • Marvin

        I believe I have been looking for this movie forever, having seen parts of it one time


  • mutts

    VR and Mobile ...... Death around the corner!

    Or in other words like 3d i do not see this happening and certainly not for mobile.
    PC or Console maybe on those platform it works. Still i think it is a gimmick.

  • bruab

    So now many of you can actually IDENTIFY John Carmack in the picture? Hint: it's not the dude in the middle.

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  • bigitec

    I have the Rift and its great but has its flaws. John Carmack is a legend, a visionary ...and a rocket scientist ... literally and figuratively. this is the best news ever, because he is also a nerdy programmer who knows what counts, he will take care for making the rift a perfect undisturbed virtual experience! YAY!

  • REkzkaRZ

    Don't know Carmack, familiar with Rift & id.
    Tech is a dangerous thing to get lost in. I think since most phones have cameras & faster processors & memory, maybe the Rift software tech can be used to let people mount their phones over their eyes -- no need to buy hardware.
    But more likely we'll get a Rift and plug into our phone & run app.
    ('Scuse me, I was just thinking outside of the box for a sec.)
    I think what's for more interesting to me than VR + gaming is considering how VR + mobile could affect society.
    You could have shopping & trying out stuff w/o leaving the house. First dates via VR Skype with a voyage to another planet. Homework collaboration or watching concerts/events/presentations that you couldn't see in person. Seeing VR 'films' (ie TridVid or Trideo) and being right in the action.
    And yes, the games also will be cool.

  • Artifex 28

    This is AWESOME news!

  • auver

    Where's Romero?!