Apple has its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Google has I/O, Microsoft has Build, Facebook has F8 -- and now Oculus has Connect. That's the developer conference devoted to anyone who's interested in making content or accessories for the fledgling virtual-reality platform, which uses specialized PC- or smartphone-compatible goggles to fully immerse users in an artificial world.
Oculus VR on Wednesday sent invitations to the press for the company's second annual Connect event, which will run from September 23 through 26 in Hollywood, California. While the event had been previously announced, the company has offered a more specific agenda for the four-day conference.
Expect a trio of keynote addresses on September 24 from CEO Brendan Iribe, Chief Scientist Michael Abrash and CTO John Carmack. The Facebook-owned company has said it will highlight "new content" and make a "number of announcements" during the event. (All keynotes will be livestreamed.)
Possible new hardware
While Oculus has already pledged an early 2016 release window for its keystone hardware product, the, the company may offer a more specific date at the Connect event. But two recent tweets from Carmack have intimated the possibility of updates to the Gear VR hardware, the Oculus-compatible accessories that convert some Samsung phones into virtual-reality goggles:
Lots of GearVR announcements coming at Oculus Connect.— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) August 14, 2015
If you are considering buying a phone for VR, you might want to hold off until after Oculus Connect for relevant information.— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) August 14, 2015
Samsung and Oculus currently offer Gear VR headsets that are compatible withand early 2015's -- but neither of those units support the just-launched and . Hardware that could support those new Samsung phones -- if not other models -- would seem like a logical addition to the line.
Either way, Oculus will undoubtedly be looking to establish its virtual-reality platform as a de facto standard in light of increasing competition on deck from the likes the, and .
CNET will have complete coverage of the event next month.