Virtual reality (VR) fans have high expectations for this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA on 2nd – 6th March. That’s understandable given that last year’s show saw Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announce its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 while Oculus VR lifted the lid on the Oculus Rift HMD’s second development kit (DK2). Specific plans from either of these two companies are yet to be revealed, although Oculus VR has at least confirmed that it will be there with prototypes to showcase.
The company has confirmed that it will be showcasing the ‘latest prototypes’ of both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR, the smartphone-based HMD made in partnership with Samsung. This is interesting wording given that it avoids directly naming the Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift that the team has been showing recently. In fact, Gear VR itself isn’t even a ‘prototype’, having launched for US consumers in December 2014. Could this mean that the company has something new to show on this front?
Elsewhere, Oculus VR will be co-hosting its first event with Women in Games International (WIGI). Taking place on 3rd March at The Village (969 Market St, 3rd Floor), attendees will get the chance to meet Oculus VR staff and try out some of the latest demos from the company. Registration for the event is expected to open soon and those interesting can follow the official event page to keep in touch. Oculus VR will also be hosting a number of developer sessions and workshops at GDC, looking at VR rendering, 3D spatialised audio, and the future of the technology.
It certainly sounds as if the company has plenty of plans for the event then. Let’s hope that some of them will involve information on the consumer release of the Oculus Rift. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR closely, reporting back with any further updates from the company.