The annual Oculus Connect event has always been a chance for the company to showcase its latest tech and a slew of new and upcoming videogames. Last year, for example, saw the official reveal of Oculus Quest, while titles such as Lone Echo II made an appearance. Now Oculus Connect 6 (OC6) has been dated for September with an interesting nod to augmented reality (AR).
It has already been a big year for Oculus with the launch of Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S last month. Both of those took centre stage as part of the Facebook Developers Conference (F8) in April, which could well mean OC6 is a little light on hardware for this year.
On the OC6 website, details are fairly sparse at this stage, with the event returning to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on 25th – 26th September 2019. A short passage notes: “The future we’ve all been working towards starts here. It’s our moment to think bigger, build smarter, and realize the true potential of what we’ve created together. This year, we hope you’ll join us to begin a new chapter of virtual and augmented reality.”
It’s that latter part which is most intriguing. While parent company Facebook has been involved with AR for a while now, Oculus has tended to stay towards its routes in VR. So could this be the year we start to see Oculus officially step into the AR field with some new kit? A more consumer-focused rival to HoloLens or Magic Leap maybe? Who knows, what is fairly certain are plenty of videogames will be there – VRFocus expects Lone Echo II to make another appearance.
With only three months to go there’s not long to wait to see what Oculus has in store. Keynote favourites such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) John Carmack’s unscripted talks and Chief Scientist Michael Abrash’s technical deep dives into R&D development are sure to make an appearance as they’ve become highlights of previous events. And expect some new faces after the leadership shakeup in May with Eric Tseng taking Hugo Barra’s place at Oculus’ helm.
As further details regarding OC6 are made available including registration, VRFocus will let you know as soon as possible.
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