SAN JOSE, Calif. — I wasn’t really expecting too much hard news from my trip to Oculus Connect this year. Instead, I expected another pre-launch opportunity to try out the immersive Oculus Touch controllers and a chance to chat with the big and small developers who have been the first to dive into the still-tiny virtual reality space.
Instead, Oculus pulled out quite a few big reveals. The company announced a new fully-tracked wireless headset in the works and even let me try out a prototype. The company helped justify Facebook’s investment with a major avatar-powered social VR initiative. And then there’s the new software technology that has lowered the minimum specs for the Rift headset without touching the hardware itself.
The many keynote announcements and the wide array of new software on display created a palpable buzz among the several thousand attendees at the conference, almost all of whom were developers or true believers in the future of virtual reality. Virtual reality may not yet be part of the computing mainstream, but walking around Oculus Connect, it was easy to believe it could be in the not-too-distant future.