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Meta’s VR consultancy CTO John Carmack is leaving the company after “a decade in VR”, accusing the company of “self-sabotage”.

In an internal memo seen by Business Insider, Carmack criticized the company’s “efficiency,” adding that while the Quest 2 is “almost right; [he] wanted to see” with its “mobile hardware, inside-out control, PC-selectable streaming, 4K(ish) software,” he was “offended” to see “5 percent GPU usage in production.

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“We have an absurd amount of people and resources, but we’re constantly self-sabotaging and wasting effort,” Carmack, who co-created the Doom and Quake franchises, said in a leaked memo. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it, I think our organization is operating at half the efficiency, which would make me happy.

“It was a struggle for me. I have a voice at the highest levels here, so I feel like I should be able to get things moving, but obviously I’m not convincing enough. After all, a good portion of the things I complain about. After a year or two of transitions, I get my way and the evidence piles up, but I’ve never been able to kill the stupid things before they do damage, or set a direction and have the team actually stick to it. I think my influence has been on the fringes. has been positive, but it has never been the main driver.”

He finished by saying he was “tired of fighting” but asked that the team “make better decisions and fill [their] products with “do not condemn” content.

“VR can bring value to the most people in the world, and no company is better positioned to do that than Meta,” he concluded. “Maybe it’s actually possible to get there just by going with current practices, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.”


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