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John Carmack developing games for Oculus Rift

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Co-founder of id Software and Doom creator John Carmack is developing software for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, reports Engadget.

Carmack joined Oculus in August last year as its CTO, doing double duty at his new company and at id before resigning from the latter in November to focus on Oculus full time. According to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, Carmack is now working on first-party software that will showcase the Oculus Rift.

"He's working on a lot of exciting tech," Iribe said. "But, his heart and soul and history certainly lies in the game-development side. That's always been Epic [Games]'s philosophy. And it's what allowed them to make what they made. It's certainly been id's philosophy in the past. It's been John Carmack's philosophy — you gotta eat your own dog food here, and develop internal content also."

Oculus will work over the next year to build its in-house game development team, Iribe said, adding that he wants to set up "a very open company." Oculus will also continue to work with third-party games and external studios in developing software, noting that former EA Partners director David DeMartini in currently in charge of that branch.

Iribe added that Oculus its foray into internal development is only just beginning, although he expects this section of the company will continue to grow.

"We'll see where it goes," he said. "But I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't do more and more internal development."

Check out Polygon's impressions of the Oculus Rift from CES here.