With the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) aiming for a Holiday 2015 release, the virtual reality (VR) race is starting to gear up for the battle for consumer’s wallets. Oculus VR may be yet to announce its consumer version of the Oculus Rift but the company will be sure to maintain a high profile as it prepares to do so. With that in mind, it’s recently been confirmed that Oculus VR will be returning to three staples in the videogame event calendar later this year with its latest work in tow.
The first and most pressing of these three events is E3, which takes place from 16th – 19th June 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Oculus VR is included in a list of exhibitors on the show’s official site. This is arguably the biggest event of the year, with Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Microsoft likely to host their usual headline-grabbing press conferences and other publishers making huge announcements. Oculus VR could return its focus to videogames at the show, having talked about both film and hardware for much of 2015. But could this also be where the consumer version of the device makes its debut?
Next up is Gamescom 2015, which has confirmed that Oculus VR has already applied for a space at its event this year in Cologne, Germany from 5th – 9th August. Following just a few months on from E3 and taking place just a month before the Oculus Connect developer conference in 2014, last year’s show proved to be a quiet one for Oculus VR. Will it make a bigger bang at this year’s event?
The third event is EGX, which this year finds itself in Birmingham, UK on 24th – 27th September. An email sent out this week confirms Oculus VR will have a presence at the 2015 edition of the event. The show allows UK consumers to get their hands on unreleased titles ahead of their launch in 2015 and beyond. Last year saw Oculus VR occupy a large amount of the show floor with its second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift, displaying titles such as Alien: Isolation and EVE: Valkyrie. Expect another chance to play the latest VR titles at the event.
It’s another busy year for Oculus VR then, with plenty of announcements no doubt just waiting to be made. The company is also yet to confirm if and when Oculus Connect will return in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s progress, reporting back with and further updates on the company.