On September 25 and 26, the VR community convened in San Jose, California for the Oculus Connect 6 conference, where the company makes notable announcements and updates about VR technology.
Oculus has revealed their triple-A games, including Star Wars: Vader Immortal Episode 2, Asgard’s Wrath, and Stormland. However, VR service providers like us were more excited about the updates regarding Facebook’s AR glasses and Oculus Quest’s hand and finger-tracking technology. Here are our key takeaways.
1) Consumers spent $100 million in the Oculus Store in four months
Within four months of the release of the Quest — their first standalone, immersive VR headset, the Oculus sales went through the roof.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said that customers had spent $100 million so far. Around 20 percent of those sales came from people buying Oculus Quest, which has only been on the market for four months.
The Quest headset is accessible, affordable, and easy to use. The way we see it, this headset will push VR into the mainstream. And the more people own a powerful device like the Quest, the better it is for the entire VR industry.
2) Oculus Quest to have hand and finger-tracking technology
During his opening remarks, Zuckerberg hinted that a hand and finger-tracking feature which will come to Oculus Quest headsets early next year.
Built-in cameras will track the movement of your hand and fingers, which means you won’t need controllers to navigate the virtual world and the VR experience will become more natural and immersive than ever before. This, in turn, will bring more people to VR and more business investment into the tech.
3) Oculus Link to make standalone headsets better
When Facebook released the Rift S headset, they marketed it as a replacement for the original Oculus Rift. The Rift S headset also runs content directly off powerful computers and targets enterprises, particularly the current Rift users.
On the other hand, the Quest headset doesn’t need a computer to run. It’s perfect for casual VR users and for VR professionals who are always on the go.
This is about to change.
During the Oculus Connect 6, Zuckerberg announced the Oculus Link platform where you’ll be able to run all Rift content on a Quest headset – a massive benefit to Quest users. It’s coming this November, and we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for this one too.
4) Social VR is within reach
Facebook sees AR and VR as a platform for social interaction, and they’re about to make this happen very soon. Zuckerberg introduced Facebook Horizon – a virtual world developed for Oculus headset users. Here, the users can build their own virtual world, play games with multiple friends, hang out with somebody halfway across the world and explore each other’s content.
Zuckerberg said Horizon could be the start of a social infrastructure that is going to be important in the future.
Right now, it’s unclear how businesses will benefit from Horizon, but like Facebook, this could make an impact on how companies advertise themselves online.
5) Set up multiple VR headsets
One of the most exciting announcements about the Oculus for Business – a platform that caters to enterprise VR. And it’s finally coming this November.
Oculus for Business allows professionals to set up multiple VR-headsets, remotely manage the devices and adjust the settings. This is truly beneficial to companies who are using VR in their businesses, especially for things like sales, marketing or employee training.
When this happens, the entire VR industry will push forward and nothing will stop it.
The future for VR is bright
The Oculus Connect 6 event confirmed that the future of the VR industry is bright. We’re excited about the Oculus Link, Oculus for Business and hand and finger tracking technology.
How about you? What news are you excited about within the VR industry? Let us know in the comments below.