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Carmack working on first party Oculus Rift games

Oculus VR building an internal software development team for the virtual reality headset

John Carmack is working on first party projects designed to showcase the capabilities of Oculus Rift.

Having joined Oculus VR as chief technology officer in August, Carmack is "working on a lot of exciting tech", Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe told Engadget, "but, his heart and soul and history certainly lies in the game-development side."


Showing off the capabilities of first party hardware is part of Carmack's philosophy, Iribe said. "That's always been Epic's philosophy. And it's what allowed them to make what they made. It's certainly been id's philosophy in the past. It's been John Carmack's philosophy -- you gotta eat your own dog food here, and develop internal content also."

Iribe said Oculus VR will reveal more details about its internal software development team throughout 2014.

In December, Oculus VR raised $75 million (£46m) in Series B funding which will be used to develop and bring to market a consumer version of its Oculus Rift.

Carmack said at the time: "The games industry is well past the point where more pixels, texels, flops, and frames displayed on the same fixed screens are really changing the experiences that players get.

"I could say the same about other digital experiences as well. What will revolutionize gaming, and interactive content in general, is putting people inside the digital world. That is our goal at Oculus, and this Series B will help us get there."