Here are the keynotes from Facebook’s Oculus Connect 4 conference. A number of major developments in VR were announced on Wednesday including the new Oculus Go self-contained VR headset, a revised Oculus Home and updates to the Santa Cruz VR headset project.
Wednesday’s keynotes included Mark Zuckerberg, Hugo Barra and others talking about new products and the future of VR. Thursday’s keynote had noted gamer John Carmack discussing the technical challenges in getting virtual reality to the consumer market.
Wednesday OC4 Keynote
Thursday OC4 Keynote
What we’re watching for at the Oculus Connect VR conference
It will be fascinating to see Facebook’s plans now that Google has done their Fall product release with a new Daydream headset. We’ll be looking for the following:
- What stats will Facebook release for hardware sales or VR software downloads?
- Will Facebook release a new standalone VR headset?
- Will Samsung’s Gear VR be further integrated into the Oculus ecosystem?
- Will Oculus announce new partnerships?
- Will we see any connection between Facebook’s VR and AR platforms?
- What new developments are in store for Facebook Spaces and its social VR projects?
- Will there be updates to the Oculus Avatars?
- Will we hear anything about the company’s AR headset efforts?
It’s more than enough to keep us busy. Our reactions and commentary to follow.
Emory Craig is a writer, speaker, and VR consultant with extensive experience in art, new media, and higher education. He speaks at global conferences on innovation, education, and ethical technology in the future. He has published widely and worked with the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living at the intersection of learning, games, and immersive storytelling, he is fascinated by AI-based avatars, digital twins, and the ethical implications of blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual.