The chief technology officer of Oculus, a Facebook subsidiary of VR, is stepping down this week, he posted on Facebook today. John Carmack, who was the lead programmer for Doom and who put the Oculus Rift on the map in 2012, says he plans to focus his time instead on artificial intelligence.
Carmack will remain in an "advisory CTO" position at Oculus, where he will "still have a voice" in the company's development work, he writes.
Carmack joined Oculus as CTO in 2013, leaving id Software, the maker of Doom which he co-founded. In March 201
Recent comments by Carmack suggest that he may have been stealing VR. Carmack has been a phone-based VR champion for years at Oculus, but in October he gave a "praise" for Oculus-based phone Gear VR. And in a video for receiving the Overall Achievement Award this week at the VR Awards, he said that "I was really not pleased with the pace of progress we are making" in VR.