John Carmack GDC Talk on “The Dawn of Mobile VR” Video Now Avaliable


John Carmack’s talks are always hotly anticipated by the geek legion (myself included) and his GDC 2015 exploration of the first years of mobile virtual reality last night was no exception. The video of the full session is now online.

Road to VR’s Ben Lang exhibited super-human levels of endurance as he tried, and succeeded, in keeping up with John Carmack’s dense, rapid-fire meanderings on the birth and future of mobile VR as he see’s it.

As ever, it’s required watching for anyone with even a passing interest in virtual reality or indeed, mobile phone industry or gaming in general. There are a few nuggets of news, foremost of which was Carmack’s assertion that the next hardware cycle for Samsung’s Gear VR will be the retail version.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.