September 2014 saw Oculus VR host its first ever developer conference, Oculus Connect. The event went down as a huge success, hosting the announcement of the latest prototype for the Oculus Rift, Crescent Bay, along with a number of other reveals such as Oculus Research and Epic Games’ Showdown demo. There were also a range of talks and sessions from an iconic keynote speech from John Carmack to a number of workshops. Many have been speculating about the return of Oculus Connect in 2015 and now the company has made it official; Oculus Connect 2 is happening.
Oculus Connect 2 has been confirmed to be taking place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California from 23rd – 25th September 2015, increasing the running time by a total of one day over last year’s event. The show will again feature keynote speeches from Oculus VR figureheads such as CEO Brendan Iribe, Michael Abrash and John Carmack. The focus of this year’s show will be on preparing developers for the launch of the Oculus Rift, which was recently confirmed for Q1 2016, as well as developing for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
Applications to attend will be posted on the Oculus Connect website next month, with confirmations being issued soon after that.
“At last year’s inaugural Connect, nearly 1,000 developers attended engineering and design sessions, showcased their projects, connected with fellow developers, and experienced the Crescent Bay prototype for the first time,” Oculus VR noted in a new blog post.
“As a result of the community’s incredible work, virtual reality is poised to transform gaming, storytelling, film, communication, and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!”
Oculus Connect 2 isn’t the only event Oculus VR has coming up; it recently scheduled a pre-E3 press conference for 11th June 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR and its progress with Oculus Connect closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.