E3 2015 is just around the corner and Virtual Reality is showing loud and proud during the event.
Oculus will be situated at the entrance of the West Hall alongside titans Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, which are the only booths that will be larger.
E3 2015 will be the first time the latest version of Oculus Rift's prototype, known as Crescent Bay, will be at E3. I was fortunate to be able to try Crescent Bay at CES earlier this year. With such a large booth, it's very likely that new games and/or projects will be introduced. Perhaps the biggest hope from Oculus is that it may finally introduce some kind of controller or input device. We may receive some guidance on this subject on the 11th of this week when Oculus hold their press conference in San Francisco and will confirm if the leaked controller from yesterday is indeed as Oculus founder Palmer Luckey stated when he took to the Oculus section of Reddit warning that:
This is an old placeholder concept image that we accidentally leaked. Everything in it is ancient, certainly nowhere close to final (as evidenced by the GPU specs and the game named ‘war’). Enjoy checking it out, at this point, but don’t expect everything to carry through to the [Step into the Rift event] on the 11th.
Also on display will be Project Morpheus from Sony, a VR headset peripheral for the PS4. Although announced at the 2014 Game Developers Conference, Sony has been pretty quite on the subject of late. Perhaps we may receive some more juicy details during their press conference on the 15th.
Microsoft has one of the largest booths at E3. Rumors have been growing around an announcement of a new VR headset to compete with Sony's Morpheus for their XBox console. However it appears they are focusing more on their Augmented Reality (AR) headset with the Hololens. It is unlikely Hololens will make an appearance in their booth other than perhaps a display model. Microsoft is extremely secretive with their Hololens demos by not allowing cameras or any form of recording devices.
What about the HTC Vive? Apparently both HTC and Valve will NOT have an official presence on the E3 floor, which has this VR geek sorely disappointed. However some HTC Vive partners whose games will support the Vive such as The Assembly will be there and hopefully with the Vive headset.
Whatever ends up at E3. VRCircle will be there to see it, play it and report it back to you.
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