Virtual reality giant Oculus VR hasn’t even put out a commercial release of its greatly anticipated Oculus Rift, yet the approaching onslaught of VR tech that will hopefully hit us by the end of the year is such that the company is hosting its own developer-centric VR conference.
Titled Oculus Connect, the event will be held in Los Angeles, California at the Loews Hollywood Hotel from September 19-20. The blog post announcing the event reads:
In the last two years, we’ve seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that’s a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality’s momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level.
Oculus Connect will allow game developers from all over the world to converge and get familiar with the Oculus Rift, as well as give feedback to the developers on site. Workshops and sessions conducted by Oculus engineers and pioneers in the field of VR are also planned.
Those who are unable to attend will not be entirely out of luck, as the keynotes from the various speakers will be livestreamed for online viewing.
Some of the personnel in attendance will include founder Palmer Luckey, CEO Brendan Iribe, Chief Scientist Michael Abrash, and, most notably, John Carmack, who left his job at id Software last year to work at Oculus.
Those looking to attend the event can register at the conference’s website beginning July 10, and those needing accommodations will have access to discounted rooms at the hotel itself for $199. Although the event is open to the public, Oculus Connect, as mentioned before, is specifically geared towards game developers and it’s likely that attendees without a comprehensive technical knowledge of game design and programming will be thoroughly confused.
Additionally, the company also announced its acquisition of networking middleware system RakNet. This is a C++ game networking engine that caters to cross-platform applications that has been used by notable names such as Maxis, Sony Online Entertainment, Unity, Havok, Mojang, and countless indie developers. Following its acquisition, Oculus VR made RakNet open-source for anyone to use through the Oculus GitHub repo.
Last month, the company also acquired the Carbon Design Group, the team that designed the well-regarded Xbox 360 controller, fueling speculation that Oculus is planning on putting out an Oculus Rift-centric controller or some other peripheral.
For more information on the Oculus Rift, check out our hands-on E3 demo of it.