Carmack in support of Oculus acquisition

Former id man says Facebook brings the 'scale' VR will need

Respected developer and id co-founder John Carmack has spoken in support of Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR.

Having joined Oculus VR as chief technology officer in August 2013, Carmack is working on first party projects designed to showcase the capabilities of the Oculus Rift VR headset.


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The acquisition has sparked mix reactions from within the development community, but Carmack has taken an optimistic view of the deal.

"For the record, I am coding right now, just like I was last week," he said via Twitter, hinting at little change to the firm's day-to-day work.

Carmack went on to argue that Facebook will bring much needed 'scale' to the VR business.

"I expect the FB deal will avoid several embarrassing scaling crisis for VR," he said. "I have a deep respect for the technical scale that FB operates at. The cyberspace we want for VR will be at this scale."

Carmack went on, "I suppose I will get a FB account now, so that may lead to some writing a little longer than tweet length..."

Carmack is said to be "working on a lot of exciting tech", according to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe in statements made in January, "but, his heart and soul and history certainly lies in the game-development side."

Facebook announced its plans to purchase the virtual reality headset company for $2 billion on Tuesday.

"We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said. "We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it's only just the beginning."