Two virtual reality (VR) figureheads are set to speak at the upcoming Develop Conference 2014 on 8th – 10th July in Brighton. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) London Studio director David Ranyard and nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh are both set to offer talks at this year’s show. The former worked on SCE’s The Deep tech demo for the Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 VR headset whilst the latter is now developing VR exclusive content for the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.
Ranyard will be part of an interview discussion entitled ‘Putting Lipstick on the Venus de Milo’. This title refers to a quote taken about the arrival of sound in movies, which Ranyard previously used to suggest VR could have a similar effect for videogames during the ‘Audience With Project Morpheus’ event earlier this month. The talk will look at VR and its potential to be a disruptive technology. It takes place during the Evolve segment of the conference on 8th July, focusing ‘on all that is cutting-edge and innovative in game development’. VRFocus interviewed Ranyard about The Deep and Project Morpheys earlier this month.
O’Luanaigh’s talk on the same day will be focused on ‘Design for Virtual Reality’. He will talk about developing VR videogames, looking at methods that work and don’t work as well as showing off prototypes of VR projects. Of course, by the time the speech is held, nDreams’ first VR videogame will have been revealed at E3 2014 in June, so expect to hear more on that project too.
Other VR developers will also be speaking at the event. Frontier Development’s David Braben will talk on ‘Redefining Alpha’ with reference to his upcoming Oculus Rift supported title, Elite: Dangerous. Surgeon Simulator 2013 developer Bossa Studio’s Roberta Lucca will also be featured in a talk focused on indie development with Media Molecule’s Siobhan Reddy.
Other talks over the course of the event include legendary developer Peter Molyneux, SCE President Andrew House and Microsoft’s Chris Charla. VRFocus will continue to follow any VR-related news and report back with all the latest updates.