Oculus Connect, the annual event led by Facebook, returns this year beginning its sixth edition and one part of our team has traveled to San José (California), because we didn’t want to miss the most important Fair of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality.
It’s taking place on September 25 and 26 and the location of the event is in San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California, a space that gathers numerous technological events every year. In this post, we’re going to tell you the main news that Oculus Connect 6 has brought this year.
The event was inaugurated by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, talking about his vision of the situation of extended realities and the new Oculus platform, pointing out that they seek to focus on people, not just on applications.
During the keynote, he focused in the next Quest device they are working on. As we can seen, Oculus developers are constantly striving to get updates to improve their system. Zuckerberg has announced that soon this viewer, such as Oculus Rift, will be able to be connected to a PC through a USB-C cable and at the end of the year it will be possible using a fiber optic cable that will launch the brand to improve the quality of the experience of the users In this way, Oculus Quest can be used as a virtual reality Rift helmet from November thanks to Oculus Link, allowing consumers to view less powerful VR experiences without cables and, when they wish, connect the viewfinder to the PC by cables.
Also, it has been pronounced that at the beginning of 2020 in Quest the recognition and tracking of hands will be available through the cameras of the virtual reality device, offering more easiness in the use of this technology, especially in those users who aren’t used to interacting with game controls. In this way, it won’t be necessary to hold a controller or worrying about loading these controls, since our hands will be automatically recognized by the viewfinders thanks to the external sensors of the device and can be used as a controller. In the following video published by Oculus, you can see perfectly how the new tracking system will work:
Another of the great news that we have been able to know is Facebook Horizon, a virtual multiplayer world where the user can create their own avatars and constructions, similar to ‘Minecraft’ while allowing them to interact and play with friends. In addition, through portals that company has called telepods, players can move from one stage to another, going through different locations. From this application you can’t only play minigames. Also as brand has mentioned, the user can watch movies or play sports with his friends:
In addition, we were lucky enough to bump into John Carmack, the technology director of the Oculus VR, whom we could meet very closely.
Today is the last day of the event, which is showing us that both Oculus and Facebook are unstoppable, continue to grow and are constantly bringing new viewers and applications to take virtual reality experiences, augmented and mixed to the next level.