Arguably the biggest virtual reality (VR) story of 2014 was social networking giant Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion USD. The deal has had a huge impact on the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator, allowing it to bring on a large amount of staff to expand operations. That said, the relationship between Oculus VR and Facebook is rarely on public display, with the latter allowing the former to continue working just as it was pre-buyout. However Oculus VR will be playing a part at Facebook’s upcoming developer conference, F8.
F8 is set to take place on 25th and 26th March 2015 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California, USA. Oculus VR will be heading up at talk on 26th March at 10:00 PDT. Chief Scientist Michael Abrash will join Facebook Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Schroepfer in discussing ‘Why Virtual Reality Will Matter to You’.
“Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday and for the rest of your life – this talk will explain why you’re going to care about virtual reality and what it means for developers,” the talk’s description reads.
It’s unlikely that this talk will host any major announcements from the company, which is yet to detail the anticipated consumer version of the Oculus Rift, but Abrash’s speeches always prove insightful. Last year the Oculus VR’s own developer conference, Oculus Connect, the former Valve employee announced Oculus Research, a team dedicated to long-term investigations into how to deliver truly immersive VR. It’s also interesting to note that Abrash’s own work on SteamVR at Valve clearly helped that company to where it is today, preparing to launch the HTC Vive HMD this year.
While registration for F8 is now closed, the event’s site seems to suggest that fans will be able to stream at least some of the conference. Hopefully this talk will be available for all to view. VRFocus will continue to follow the event, reporting back on the latest updates.