This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California was a historic one for virtual reality (VR) technology. The event played host to some of the first hands-on time with Valve and HTC’s Vive head-mounted display (HMD) as well as the reveal of a new prototype for Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4. But this isn’t the only edition of the show that takes place within the videogame calendar; GDC Europe 2015 is fast approaching and is to be sponsored by many of VR’s major players.
Oculus Rift and Gear VR creator Oculus VR is one of the Diamond Partners for this year’s event, which takes place on 3rd and 4th August 2015 in Cologne, Germany, just ahead of Gamescom. Both SCE and Valve are also listed, as are the Unity Engine and the Unreal Engine, two development toolsets that place a large emphasis on VR development. Also included in the list is Intel and Xbox, the latter of which is partnering with both Oculus VR and Valve to bring a degree of VR support to the Xbox One console. The final company on the list is Wargaming.
GDC Europe could be a busy event for these companies, then, each of which was also a Diamond Sponsor for the original show back in March. As already mentioned, the show precedes Gamescom from 5th – 9th August. Oculus VR has already confirmed that it will be at the event while SCE will also be there, albeit without its usual press conference. Said conference is instead being saved for Paris Games Week in October, although Project Morpheus could still make an appearance at Gamescom in two months’ time. The HTC Vive was missing from E3 last week, and it’s unclear if it will show up again in August.
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