Oculus Connect 2 developer conference announced for September 23 to 25

Oculus booth CES 2015
Oculus may not be releasing a product until 2016, but the second half of 2015 is going to be a busy time for the company anyway. E3 is on the way, the company announced a pre-E3 press event, and now Oculus has announced a second Connect developers conference.

Oculus Connect will return to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA from September 23 to 25, the Facebook-owned company announced in a post on its blog Thursday. The post mentions that over 1,000 attended the previous event, but considering the traction that Oculus has gained over the last year, it will likely see bigger numbers this year.

The company promises that Oculus Connect 2 will cover “everything developers need to know to launch on the Rift and Gear VR.” The conference will feature keynotes from computer graphics pioneers and Oculus brain trust members John Carmack, Michael Abrash, and CEO Brandon Iribe. The post doesn’t say as much, but it’s a near certainty that the latest version of the Oculus Rift will be on hand for demos.

If the recently announced system requirements are any indication, as the Rift gets closer to its 2016 release, we’ll be seeing even more impressive tech demos and applications. You’ll be able to see much more than that, if you’re so inclined, as the company recently stated that it won’t block porn on its VR headset.

While it has some impressive names working on it, Oculus has some healthy competition in the VR field. Sony and Valve are working on their own VR systems, but it isn’t just the big dogs that Oculus needs to worry about. Earlier this week we reported on the Fove, which adds eye-tracking to make for a more realistic VR experience.

If you’re interested in attending the event, you can’t sign up yet, but applications to attend will be available on the Oculus Connect website starting in June.

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