Oculus Will Host a Developer-Focused Conference Called “Oculus Connect”
If you've been wondering how Facebook's cash reserves will affect Oculus Rift maker Oculus VR going forward, there may finally be a concrete example. Oculus VR announced today that it will hold a developer-centric virtual reality conference, called Oculus Connect, this September in Hollywood. The event will take place from the 19th to the 20th, and will be hosted at the Loews Hotel. Despite limited attendance, the event is technically open to the public.
The aim of the conference is to bring the world's most inspired and talented VR creatives together to discuss the future of the technology, and explore how VR experiences can be improved and refined. Oculus elaborated on the conference's goals in a blog post.
In the last two years, we’ve seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that’s a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality’s momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level.
Attendees will be the first to learn about upcoming Oculus technology, with sessions and workshops led by Oculus engineers and industry pioneers. Developers at the event will also have opportunities to receive design and engineering feedback directly from the Oculus team in hands-on labs.
Despite being publicly accessible, Oculus warns that the event is designed specifically for developers, and that attendance is limited — in other words, it's no place for tourists. Lucky for non-developers who want in on the action, many of the keynote speeches from the event will be live-streamed, with a full session schedule to be posted sometime in the near future.
Oculus VR had another announcement today as well; its acquisition of RakaNet, a "game network engine" that has been used in Lego Universe and numerous other titles already published and released. Just what the company plans to do with the technology is unknown, but the same can be said for a lot of what Oculus VR does nowadays.
For now, I'll just assume it's all part of Zuck's plan.