E3 2015 may be in the past but the videogame events calendar isn’t letting up; next week sees the annual Develop: Brighton conference take place in the UK city from 14th – 16th August 2015. As the name suggests, the event is geared far more towards developers both big and small than it is consumers, with a number of talks, panels and more lined up. As is becoming tradition at the event, a handful of sessions are being dedicated to working with virtual reality (VR) technology, with speakers ranging from indie developers such as Triangular Pixels to even the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).
Two talks are set for 15th August. This includes ‘Allow Them to Believe: Lessons in Creating Rich Dynamic VR Gameplay’, a session from Katie Goode of Smash Hit Plunder developer, Triangular Pixels. Goode will discuss developing on the Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD) as well as sharing techniques for creating the best, most comfortable VR experiences. Also set for the same day is ‘VR Audio: The Feedback Loop’ with SCE Europe’s Nick Ward-Foxton. He’ll discuss using audio to help enhance VR.
The majority of the VR sessions, however, take place on 16th August. Pixel Ripped developer Ana Ribeiro will be discussing ‘An Indie Developers Journey from Origin to VR’, while Hammerhead VR’s Richard Tongeman will take a look at VR film with ‘VR Immersive Film: A New Creative Medium’. SCE’s John Foster will also talk about the lessons learned from SCE London Studio’s work on Project Morpheus titles such as The Deep with ‘Forget About VR – Designing for Believability’, with Ward-Foxton will host another talk on ‘VR Audio Bootcamp: Exploring the New Technical and Creative Frontiers for Sound Design in Virtual Reality Experiences’.
Finally, Atomhawk’s Dan Gilmore will talk about ‘Designing a User Interface for Virtual Reality’ on the same day.
There’s plenty for VR developers and enthusiasts to look out for at next week’s event, then. VRFocus will continue to follow Develop: Brighton, reporting back with the latest from the show.