The recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June is one of the biggest events on the videogame calendar, attended by companies covering the entire breadth of the industry. VRFocus was there – if you caught some of the extensive coverage – but there was one noticeable absence, Oculus. The company has attended the last few years but decided to forgo the 2017 event. Shortly after E3 closed for another year it then announced its usual event, Oculus Connect, a two day conference which is now in its fourth year. For those keen to attend and find out what Oculus has got planned, applications are now open for OC4.
What will be announced at the event is still a secret of course but expect there to be plenty of content news, including exclusive, never-before-seen virtual reality (VR) demos. There also might be further details on the recently revealed standalone head-mounted display (HMD) the company has been working on, or the ‘Santa Cruz’ headset that was showcased during OC3.
If those do get showcased they’ll be during the highly anticipated keynote address which will feature Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash and of course John Carmack and his infamous unscripted talks.
OC4 will feature more than 30 sessions, with talks by creators from across the worlds of gaming, interactive entertainment, film, art, and education. These will be split across four content tracks, Design, Develop, Distribute and Future, a must for anyone in the industry or planning to get into it.
Applications are open now, with the final deadline being 11th August 2017. Regular conference passes start at $399 USD, with early bird ($299), academic ($99), and developer ($199) discounts available if registrations are completed by 21st August.
Oculus has been aggressively promoting the Oculus Rift and Touch of late with a summer deal available for $399/£399 GBP for a limited time. After which the price will go up but not back to the usual £598. Instead there will be a permanent price reduction to £499.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus, reporting back with the latest OC4 announcements.