Oculus CTO At the Oculus Connect Developer Conference, John Carmack gave what he & # 39; eulogy & # 39; for the Samsung Gear VR, the mobile headset was a missed opportunity. It is not the first time that Carmack has discussed the shortcomings of the Gear VR, but because Samsung is dropping Gear VR support from the Galaxy Note 10 this summer, it may be one of the last.
"It's probably time for me to give a little praise to Gear VR," Carmack told the audience during his two-day keynote – usually a candid and informal monologue that contrasts with the news-heavy day one event. “While the software is supported, the days are numbered. And I think we've missed an opportunity here, & he said.
Carmack has raised issues that he is mentioned before with the Gear VR, such as the fact that people were worried about their phone's battery draining and rarely using the device after trying it once or twice. "It's the basis on which we've built all the mobile things," he said, and it sold relatively large volumes – "much larger than all our other headsets." But the design, which required a laborious process to put the phone in the headset, was a huge barrier to actual use.
Carmack says that Oculus has experimented with new features such as a gamepad-like controller – which was dropped because they could not come up with a design that seemed accessible but was still sufficient to play complex games such as Minecraft. Android Central, who attended another spontaneous conversation with Carmack at Connect, reports that Samsung also asked for high-end functions such as built-in cameras & full "six degrees of freedom" tracking. However, Oculus has reportedly pushed back and said they would cause serious performance problems.
Conversely, Carmack praised the simplicity of Google's Daydream View headset – while the overall platform got much less grip, the product itself was considerably easier to use. "It's almost always better to trade things to make it easier and faster to get the experience," he said.
Oculus effectively replaced the Gear VR last year with the independent Oculus Go, and now Oculus Go owners are being encouraged to the higher end Oculus Quest. Now, Carmack and others at Oculus seem even more clearly ready to move on from their first mobile VR headset.