Oculus owner Facebook may have held its main conference of the year, F8, last month, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg using his keynote address to launch the Oculus Go headset, yet the company has much more virtual reality (VR) tech to talk about. So today, Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) has been announced, and by the sound of things Oculus will be using it as a turning point.
OC5 is taking place from 26th to 27th September, 2018, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California. Of course at this early stage stage Oculus isn’t revealing too much about its plans, merely saying that the company plans on celebrating the last five years and what could happen in the next five.
“It’s been five years of pioneering a medium, doing what’s never been done, and building the dream of VR together,” Oculus states on the event website. “Now, we hope you’ll join us as we look forward to five more years of defying the limits of reality.”
Oculus will be looking back at the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) – the first of the high-end mainstream devices to launch – and probably the Samsung Gear VR. Of course Oculus Go will get a mention since the standalone headset launched last month to almost universal acclaim.
While looking back is easy, its the future everyone is interested in. Oculus Connect 5 will likely be the staging post for a major 2019 launch announcement as Oculus Rift will be celebrating its third year. Could that mean the rollout of Project Santa Cruz? With rivals like the Lenovo Mirage Solo and HTC Vive Focus already in various territories and possibly more by that time Oculus may not want to give them too much of a head start.
How about peripherals? Could Oculus Touch get an update? It’s unlikely but what about a glove controller for example, or possibly other locomotion options? Some companies have tried – at times with limited success – but with Oculus and Facebook’s resources there’s always that possibility.
Oculus will be sharing details on registration as well as the tech talks taking place in the next few months. VRFocus will keep you updated.