It’s no secret that E3 2015, which gets underway with a day of press conferences next week on 15th June, will be a big one for virtual reality (VR) technology. Oculus VR is firing early this week with its own pre-show conference on 11th June detailing the consumer Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be making a significant push for its Project Morpheus at its own show. In fact, it’s now been revealed that there will be some 27 companies showcasing work in either VR or augmented reality (AR) at this year’s show in Los Angeles, California.
That figure was revealed by Polygon, which discovered with the help of the show’s organiser, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), that about ten percent of the 274 companies at this year’s event will be showcasing work in VR or AR. The ESA has even provided an insight into which companies are on that list, revealing that Microsoft will indeed be bringing its HoloLens mixed reality (MR) device to the show while French publishing giant Ubisoft will be revealing its own work within VR. The latter pledged support to VR earlier in the year while the former is yet to talk about how HoloLens might fit in with its Xbox One console.
Other companies on the list include Crytek, the developer behind Crysis that has previously revealed its Back to Dinosaur Island VR demo on the Oculus Rift and gaming peripheral maker Razer, which heads up the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem. Combine that with some of the indie developers that have confirmed that they’re heading to the show and there’s a lot of VR to cover at the event.
VRFocus will be at E3 this year to bring you all of the latest updates on VR technology and compatible software. Check back often as we’ll be hosting hands-on previews, interviews with developers and much more.