This weekend sees the first Oculus Connect event take place in Hollywood, California. The developer conference will see Oculus VR talk about its ‘latest hardware’, caushing much speculation as to if the company might reveal the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). According to recent rumours, the company won’t be revealing a new HMD but instead a new controller.
Tech Crunch is citing unnamed developers in suggesting that a new controller could be revealed at the event this weekend. According to the outlet developers are currently under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and cannot talk too much about the controller itself, although the site does refer to it as a ‘gamepad’. Take note that the information provided is very vague at this point in time.
In fact, the site also speculates that Oculus VR could reveal a ‘controller standard’ that other third-party input devices such as Sixense with its STEM motion controllers could use.
Earlier in the year Oculus VR acquired Carbon Design, the compnay behind the design of the Xbox 360 controller. It could well be that that team is working on an official Oculus Rift controller, then. Other talk has suggested that the consumer version of the Oculus Rift would feature an outward-facing camera capable of tracking hands. Whatever the end result is, VRFocus will be here to report on all the updates throughout Oculus Connect.