Last week was nothing short of a milestone for the virtual reality (VR) industry as a range of companies revealed new tech, videogames and more at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. With Valve revealing the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) providing an update on the Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4. With so many new HMDs on the way, some have begun to question is Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift still lead the charge for VR. According to the company’s CEO, VR needs all the help it can get.
Oculus VR’s Brendan Iribe noted as much last weekend following the show. “It’s hard to build markets alone,” the CEO stated on Twitter. “Competition fuels innovation and growth. VR just gained a lot of momentum, which is great for everyone.” CCP Games’ Sigurdur Gunnarsson replied to another tweet noting that people that had been working in VR since its early days were also still excited. Iribe said in response: “The more great people working on VR, the better for everyone!”
Oculus VR sadly didn’t announce the consumer version of the Oculus Rift at GDC 2015 but did confirm that it would be going ‘full consumer‘ with the next iteration of its smartphone-based HMD, Gear VR. The new version of the kit is expected to be revealed later on in the year while there’s currently no word on just when the consumer version of the Oculus Rift will make its debut. The original Gear VR has also recently launched a preview of its commerce store in the USA from which premium videogames can be purchased.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR, the Oculus Rift and rest of the VR industry closely, reporting back with any further updates on the tech.