John Carmack: Facebook gets the “big picture” of Oculus VR

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Industry veteran says the social networking behemoth will help the development of the technology.

John Carmack, gaming veteran and chief technology officer at Oculus, has defended Facebooks recent controversial purchase of the VR company creating the sought-after Oculus Rift.

Commenting in response to a critical blog post about the purchase, Carmack offered up his perspective, saying that Facebook got the “big picture” of the virtual reality technology.

“I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies,” he commented.

“However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim.”

Oculus has received sharp criticism from fans and fellow developers alike for allowing themselves to be purchased by Facebook for $2bn.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Minecraft maker Markus “Notch” Persson pulled the plug on a VR adaptation of his build-anything title, saying that face book “creeps” him out.

The move by Facebook seemingly caught everyone by surprise, including Carmack who commented: "I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations - I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus."



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