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Sony, CCP and more to Speak at VRTGO

While Oculus VR’s Oculus Connect event on 19th + 20th September 2014 is undoubtedly the biggest virtual reality (VR) event of this month, enthusiasts shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the upcoming UK-based conference, VRTGO, taking place on 11th September at Gateshead, Newcastle. It might not be hosted by the creators of the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), but the organisers have recently revealed that some high-profile names within the VR industry will be speaking at the event, including the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE).

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Specifically, SCEE’s Jed Ashforth will be delivering his ‘Rebooting Game Design for Virtual Reality’ talk, based around the Project Morpheus VR HMD for PlayStation 4. Ashforth has given this talk at other events throughout the year, never failing to provide an insightful look into VR development. His talk with take place between 15:00 – 15:30 BST and is the final main presentation of the day before Undercurrent developer Hammer Head Interactive takes the stage.

The Assembly developer nDreams will also be at the event. The team’s David Corless will be talking about ‘Creating VR Content for Different Platform’. nDreams is of course well-suited to this subject, having recently confirmed two titles for Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based VR HMD to go alongside its aforementioned Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift experience. That talk takes place at 14:00 and is followed at 14:30 by Star Citizen‘s Jon Dadely talking about supporting VR in his upcoming space combat title.

The talks don’t stop there. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios will be talking ‘Community Driven VR’ at 12:15 while CCP Games will be starting the sessions off with a presentation on the making of its anticipated upcoming multiplayer flight simulator, EVE: Valkyrie at 09:45. Other talks will come from Atomhawk and ZeroLight, while the entire day will conclude with a panel on ‘The Future of VR’.

Tickets to VRTGO can still be acquired for £110 GBP via an Eventbrite page. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR events, reporting back with any further updates.