Video game pioneer John Carmack stepped down as a consultant at Meta with “mixed feelings” about “the end of his VR contract,” he announced in a blog post. facebook exchange Friday.
Carmack lingered longer than company $10 billion investment in virtual reality technology🇧🇷 And while he still believes in the potential value of virtual reality, he questioned Meta’s competence, stating in his post that the company has “a huge amount of people and resources, but we are constantly sabotaging ourselves and wasting effort.”
“It was a struggle for me,” Carmack wrote. “I have a voice at the highest level here, so I feel like I should be able to move things forward, but I’m clearly not persuasive enough.”
Carmack is known for his work on Wolfenstein 3D and Quake and Doom, and was a co-founder of video game company id Software. He was an early proponent of VR and believed it was not uncommon for him to criticize meth.
Carmack became CTO of Oculus in 2013. He bought an Oculus VR in 2014. for $2 billion and now sells the Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets. Cormack was supportive of the headset, calling it a “good product” despite his “complaints” about the software.
“Successful products make the world a better place,” Cormack said. “Things could have happened a little faster and worked better if other decisions had been made, but we’ve built something very close to being right.”
Carmack still believes that Meta is the best company to bring virtual reality technology to the mainstream. CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announced October 2021 that he will take the company beyond social networks and begin to build the so-called metaverse – but at a huge cost.
“I think my impact on the wings was positive, but it was never a big factor,” Carmack said.
When asked for comment, Meta pointed to Carmack’s post and CTO Andrew Bosworth’s tweet.
“The impact this has had on our business and the industry as a whole cannot be overstated,” Bosworth said. hilro🇧🇷 “His technical prowess is widely recognized, but most of all we will remember his relentless focus on creating value for people. Thank you and see you in VR.”
Meta recently announced this Lay off 11,000 employees, the biggest job cut in the tech giant’s history amid rising inflation, higher interest rates and fears of a recession. Target Lost $9.4 billion in the first nine months of 2022 on the metaverse efforts and expects unit losses to “significantly increase year-over-year” in 2023.
— Claire Duffy and Rachel Metz of CNN contributed to this report.