This month will see Oculus VR host their second annual event, Oculus Connect, in Hollywood. A gathering of developers, press and industry evangelists, Oculus Connect 2 is expected to be the launch pad for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift with retail price and release dates on the agenda. However, Oculus VR founder, Palmer Luckey, warns that this may not be the case.
“So the thing about Oculus Connect is that it’s a developer event,” states Luckey in a recent interview with VRFocus. “It’s primarily for virtual reality developers and content creators who are, if not already in VR, interested in getting into VR.”
Last year’s Oculus Connect event played host to the reveal of the Crescent Bay prototype HMD which then went on to become the basis of the consumer version expected to launch early next year. Given the pedigree of last year’s event many will be expecting Oculus VR to follow suit in 2016, though according to Luckey this may not necessarily be what the company has in mind.
“A lot of people imagine that it’s some kind of announce-a-pooloza. We’re going to be announcing all kinds of different things; ‘there’ll be tonnes of games announced at [Oculus] Connect’. But the reality is that we announce things when they’re ready not when they happen to line-up with a show.
“You know, if it ends up really close, by a week or so, then sure we do that. But the goal of [Oculus] Connect isn’t to use it as a way to announce things: it’s to meet with developers, connect with developers and have a lot of really good talks. That’s why we expanded it from 2 days to 3 days this year; so we had more time for different tracks for different kinds of talks and more time for people to hang out.”
This year’s event, Oculus Connect 2, takes place 23rd – 25th September 2015, in Hollywood. You can find the full line-up of scheduled speaker sessions here, and VRFocus will be reporting on any and all announcements made at the show live from the event.