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John Carmack is optimistic over the future of Oculus VR

Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Stan Rezaee
In response to growing concerns over the future of Oculus VR; video game pioneer and company CTO, John Carmack finally addressed the issue in a reply to a blog post.
An attendee wears an Oculus Rift HD virtual reality head-mounted display at the 2014 International C...
An attendee wears an Oculus Rift HD virtual reality head-mounted display at the 2014 International CES on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas
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After Facebook purchased Oculus VR, many in the gaming media had been waiting for response from Carmack.
Carmack made his first response over the purchase in a reply to a blog posted by Peter Berkman, chiptune artist, about the future of Oculus Rift and VR technology.
Berkman had written about what he perceived as the wrong issues to focus on while sharing his concerns regarding Oculus being used as a tool for data mining. He stated, "It is infinitely easier to mine data in a completely simulated reality - Facebook will know where you’re looking, what you’re doing, and how long you do it. The data promised to them by VR (tele-conference meetings, games that portray our deepest desires, fears and fantasies) is everything they wish they could gather in the real world."
Carmack defended the acquisition believing that Facebook resources would benefit the advancement of virtual reality technology. He shared his optimism by stating, "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."
Many analysts believe that Facebook purchased Oculus VR as way to compete with Google Glass. It was because of this that many have been concerned about the future of the Oculus Rift and the advancement of VR technology.
John Carmack is hailed as one the most influential figures in the video game industry for creating the first-person shooter genre with the release of Wolfenstein 3D in 1992 and Doom in 1993. He established id Software in 1991 along with John Romero, Tom Hall and Adrian Carmack.