Carmack to Host Keynote, VrScript Sessions at Oculus Connect 2

Those that watched last year’s inaugural Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California will undoubtedly remember John Carmack’s keynote speech. The Oculus VR CTO hosted a now legendary talk in which he spoke about the workings of both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) for well past his allotted time before finally being told to stop. Those that enjoyed his talk last year are in for a treat at the upcoming Oculus Connect 2, as Carmack has not 1 but 2 talks scheduled.


The famed developer revealed as much on Twitter over the weekend. Carmack noted that he would be hosting another keynote speech at this year’s event, which takes place from 23rd – 25th September. Though he didn’t comment on exact what he would be talking about, it’s likely that Carmack will again steer his session towards the Gear VR, a mobile HMD that runs with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 phones. A new, consumer-focused version of the Gear VR is in development with the help of Carmack and is expected to be revealed before Oculus Connect 2.

On top of this, the developer will also host a talk on VrScript which, as one fan explained, is a Scheme dialect that Carmack has previously talked about. This will be a ‘live coding session’, so expect it to be a tech-heavy talk that will assume a good knowledge of VR development from the off. It’s not year clear when these talks will be hosted across the 3-day event, though the keynote speech will likely come sooner rather than later. Last year’s show featured 3 keynotes speeches in a row from CEO Brendan Iribe, Chief Scientist Michael Abrash and Carmack respectively before standard sessions got underway.

Plenty of other details are expected for Oculus Connect 2. Many will be hoping to learn the full release date of the consumer Oculus Rift, which currently has a Q1 2016 release window. Pricing is another detail currently under wraps. VRFocus will be following the event closely to bring you the latest updates on the company’s progress.