Oculus VR brought the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California last week. Fans were able to go hands-on with the kit for the first time at the company’s massive show floor booth. If the scores of people lining up outside the stand were anything to go by, the showcase was a big success. Those that weren’t fortunate enough to attend E3 themselves can now pay a virtual visit to that booth.
Oculus VR has uploaded a new image to its 360 Photos app for the Gear VR mobile HMD, which was co-created by the company in partnership with Samsung. As seen above, the image is taken from inside the Oculus booth and will allow users to utilise the HMD’s head-tracking technology to look around for themselves. It might not be comparable to actually getting to try the consumer Oculus Rift itself, but some fans may appreciate being able to get that bit closer to the E3 experience. Promotional art for titles such as Lucky’s Tale can also be seen within.
E3 was a big show for Oculus VR. A few days before the show floor opened the team held its first ever pre-E3 press conference in which it revealed brand new details about the device. It also showcased some of the first Oculus Rift exclusive titles, including Edge of Nowhere from Insomniac Games and Chronos from Gunfire Games. Finally, Oculus VR introduced its very own input solution for the HMD in the form of Oculus Touch, a pair of handheld controls that include six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, gesture recognition, and a number of buttons, sticks and triggers.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s worth on both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.