Oculus VR is going to have a busy March. The biggest item, of course, is the launch of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), which finally begins to ship on 28th March 2016. Before the long-anticipated device can release, though, the company will also have a showing at the 2016 Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) from 14th – 18th March. It’s already been confirmed that Oculus VR will be hosting a preview event at the show, but it appears that the company is also doing something for its community.
Oculus VR Community Manager Nikki Grantham recently took to the Oculus Subreddit to announce plans for a ‘community get-together’ during the show on 17th March. You won’t need to have a GDC pass to attend and you’re welcome to bring along ‘+1’s’. Anyone interested in going can shoot a message to Grantham’s Reddit account, Gypsy816, or simply reply to the thread to have their name added to the list. Developers from around the VR community are already flooding in to sign up for the event, even if they’re not at the shows themselves.
Elsewhere, you can expect to see plenty of other VR events surrounding GDC this year. Along with an endless amount of talks, workshops and panels discussing the upcoming technology, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be hosting another event for its PlayStation VR HMD for PlayStation 4, where it’s hoped fans will finally learn the price and release date of the kit. No doubt HTC and Valve will also be present with the HTC Vive, which will begin shipping shortly after the Oculus Rift on 1st April 2016.
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