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GameStop: VR to take ‘a lot of space and time’ at E3

The 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) was considered a historic week for virtual reality (VR) technology, but many are hoping to see much more at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) from 16th – 18th June. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be bringing its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) to the event and Oculus VR has already scheduled a pre-show press conference on 11th June. Its reasons such as these that have led to US videogame retailer GameStop to predict that VR will take up ‘a lot of time and space’ at this year’s show.

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Chief Operating Officer Tony Bartel recently said as much in an earnings call. “I think the other thing that’s going to take a lot of space and time at E3 is virtual reality. I think that’s going to be something that a lot of people spend a lot of time on.” It’s rare to hear from retailers at this stage in VR’s life, but with the HTC Vive hitting in time for holiday 2015 and the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus both launching in early 2016, they’re about to become a much bigger part of the picture.

E3 will likely hold not only new information on the HMDs themselves but also the software, which is obviously the aspect the likes of GameSpot are most interested in. SCE has pledged to start talking about actual videogames for Project Morpheus at the event, with its 15th June press conference serving as an ideal place to make some announcements. Oculus VR has its own publishing arm, working with third-party developers such as Playful Corp. and its own first-party efforts. All-in-all, it’s set to be a packed show for VR fans.

VRFocus will be at E3 to bring you all of the latest updates on VR technology.