By June 2016, the virtual reality (VR) landscape is going to be a very different place. Both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and its main rival, the HTC Vive, will have been available for a few months, though the former will still be making its way through shipping pre-ordered units, with which it is currently backdated until July. Of course, that month will also be when the biggest videogame event in the industry, E3, gets underway from 14th – 16th June. It’s yet to be confirmed if HTC will be at the show, but Oculus VR will definitely be in attendance.
Oculus VR is one of the few companies already listed on the official E3 2016 website’s ‘Participating Companies‘ section. There aren’t any details yet about what to expect from the company at the event, though no doubt this means it will have its usual large presence on the show floor at the very least. It’s hardly surprising; Oculus VR has been at E3 for the past few years in one form or another, and can even have its origins traced back to the event in 2012 when John Carmack was showing an early HMD pieced together with duct tape running Doom 3.
What’s not confirmed, however, is if Oculus VR will be hosting another pre-E3 press conference like it did last year. Set the week before the 2015 event, the company finally revealed the consumer Oculus Rift in full at its show, and introduced some of the launch titles for the device such as Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac Games and Chronos from Gunfire Games. This was also where Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey announced the company’s long rumoured input solution, Oculus Touch, which consists of a pair of position-tracked controllers.
VRFocus will be at E3 2016 to deliver the latest updates on all VR technology.