This year’s Oculus Connect brought us some really big news for the rising VR industry. Over two hours long keynote session with key executives from Facebook and Oculus covered everything from prices, release dates, new stuff brought into the VR, and more hardware and software news. Mark Zuckeberg started the session strongly by announcing an upcoming standalone VR headset. This 2017 mainstream Rift headset will be affordable, and something in between medium and enthusiast gear but limited Gear VR. It will have position tracking, which is the biggest differentiator between mobile and desktop VR experiences right now outside graphic fidelity. The headset is only in a prototype phase,
Didn’t get a chance to watch Oculus’ Oculus Connect conference? Well, now you can watch the most important parts of the conference online thanks to Oculus’ own YouTube channel. There are hours and hours of Oculus Connect content below, so be prepared to watch a lot of Oculus Connect, however, a lot of people anticipated John Carmack’s keynote which is over an hour and a half long. There are also keynotes from Oculus’ CEO Brendan Iribe as well as their Oculus Chief Scientist, Michael Abrash. This is all possible thanks to Oculus selling 100,000 developer headsets to over 130 countries and enabling the VR industry.
This year’s Google IO opening keynote was by far one of the longest keynotes I have ever watched by a single company, let alone a single presenter (2 1/2 hours long). This year’s announcement was squarely focused on the Android operating system and barely on any hardware at all. In fact, almost all of the hardware mentioned today at Google IO has already been announced in one way or another. So, unlike many were expecting, Google did not announce a new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or any other Nexus devices. They talked about the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch but that was about