john carmack gdc 2015 presentation

John Carmack, legendary developer and CTO of Oculus, will be taking to the stage at GDC 2015 to get technical in a presentation titled ‘The Dawn of Mobile VR’. Carmack, who is known for presentations of detail and length, was closely involved in the development of Samsung’s Gear VR, which is expected to be the focus of the talk.


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Carmack, who played a key role in the early days of the Rift before joining Oculus, is one of the industry’s most respected developers. When he gets on stage, his talks are long and technical—exactly how his fans would have it. Despite the detail woven throughout, Carmack someone manages to captivate and inform even the novice. He’s also got a penchant for being forthright, happy to point out issues with his own work (even when that work represents his employer).

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So you can understand why people get excited when Carmack, now Oculus CTO, steps on stage. His next time doing just that will be at GDC 2015 coming up at the beginning of March where he’ll elucidate on ‘The Dawn of Mobile VR’. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the official GDC blog make a playful jab at Carmack’s legendary elaborations, noting that he’ll be talking for “at least an hour and a half (and probably longer),” and that it will be followed by a Q&A session “that will last until all questions are answered or everyone is chased out.”

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The preview of the March 4th talk is brief, but this is surely one we won’t be missing.

The dawn of consumer mobile VR is close. Come hear the technical details of making mobile VR a reality; techniques and strategies for maximizing the quality of your VR games, applications, and experiences; and thoughts about the future of VR, including what it means for the mobile ecosystem.

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Road to VR will be on that ground at GDC 2015 to bring you the inside scoop. Interested parties can contact us to arrange a meeting.

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Ben is the world's most senior professional analyst solely dedicated to the XR industry, having founded Road to VR in 2011—a year before the Oculus Kickstarter sparked a resurgence that led to the modern XR landscape. He has authored more than 3,000 articles chronicling the evolution of the XR industry over more than a decade. With that unique perspective, Ben has been consistently recognized as one of the most influential voices in XR, giving keynotes and joining panel and podcast discussions at key industry events. He is a self-described "journalist and analyst, not evangelist."
  • Jacob Pederson

    followed by a Q&A session “that will last until all questions are answered or everyone is chased out.”

    so . . . the rest of John’s natural life then?