Gamers waiting for the Oculus Rift to make its highly anticipated impact on the industry should take heart in the fact that Oculus continues to make moves as its plans come together.
Today, Oculus revealed plans for its first ever developers conference, which will take place September 19 and 20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Oculus Connect will feature keynote speeches from company CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey and CTO John Carmack and allow attendees to get an up-close look at the near future of VR technology with sessions and workshops led by Oculus engineers. Applications to attend will be available online beginning on July 10.
The company’s other announcement involved the acquisition of RakNet, whose C++ networking engine allows applications to work across multiple platforms and has already been used by Unity, Maxis, Sony Online Entertainment and a host of indie developers. The RakNet technology has also been made open source and can be accessed through the Oculus GitHub site.
Last but not least, the Oculus Rift also earned Oculus the ‘Best Hardware at E3′ honors from the Game Critics Awards for the second consecutive year. It’s good to see this kind of momentum for the Rift, which is expected to release commercially in 2015 but has not been given a concrete date as of yet.