Live Oculus Rift pre-E3 conference at 6pm UK time Finished

And we're done! The conference brought us a new final form, new controllers and a whole world of new games. Plus Palmer Luckey wearing flip-flops. Next E3's going to have to go a long way to top that.

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  • SooZee 2 years ago

    1000 - forget it.
  • true_gamer 2 years ago

    The real question is how many of you here can actually afford it ?
  • tomparkes 2 years ago

    I thought you were being funny and sarcastic till i seen your name lol
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Did they announce a stand type thing for it as that would be really useful. All I heard about was some invisible thing.
  • Genome 2 years ago

    Oculus headset, Oculus Touch, some teledildonics equipment and some hentai games... Half of the *chans will never be heard from again. Victory for all.
  • Oxybelis 2 years ago

    No demo of this controller?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    The price sweepstake rolls over to E3 then.
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    @The_Weird : the next big genre, calling it
  • The_Weird 2 years ago

    Exhibit A
  • The_Weird 2 years ago

    Gnome Puncher
  • DakeyrasUK 2 years ago

    Okay, I'm loving the sound of these controllers!
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    Mandals. Respect.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Driveclub guy would be freaking out right now.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    guys. guys. guys.He's wearing flip-flops!
  • Genome 2 years ago

    Is he wearing flip-flops?
  • The_Weird 2 years ago

    In fact I'm having it now - it's incredible!
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Presents are critical in VR clearly.
  • The_Weird 2 years ago

    I can't wait for the thumbs up experience.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    Hand presents!
  • The_Weird 2 years ago

    No matter how amazing VR is on the inside, you will always look like a bell-end from the outside..
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    They're....bangles?
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    sounds like PS move
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Power Glove?
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    They must be revealing it at E3
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Price now or E3...
  • blarty 2 years ago

    Working right out of the box doesn't work for any other PC peripheral, I highly doubt it'll work for Oculus if it doesn't for a USB stick.
  • SameerAFC 2 years ago

    That's one way to spend Zuckerberg's money
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    just go through the google store finding "dive" or "vr" or "cardboard" and there's plenty to mess with.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    My goodness, some of the quotes from this conference...
  • FMV-GAMER 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk I am also excited by some of the games shown. The only dull part was XB1 Shil Spencer
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Nope
  • blarty 2 years ago

    So bad Pixel textures in your face!!?
  • Cheeky-Girl-Gamer 2 years ago

    Eyes glazing over have they announced the price yet? Price will make or break it no matter how good/bad it is.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Panorama sphere photos are fun too.
  • LittleBigDave 2 years ago

    go home gamer girl
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    It's all a bit `hacky` and really just a small test of what VR will eventually be like.
  • FMV-GAMER 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk I am so excited for this
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Fun other thing; Trinus Gyre, which can stream Actual PC Games to cardboard headset either in real or fake 3d too.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    What's the Tron-esque game?
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    Harmonix, interesting. The rest I couldn't really give a toss about.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Errr, just give us Mirrors Edge and be done with it.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    If they have Fallout 4.... then we're done
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    I hope they close this with a word from the Hearthstone team.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    So Virtual Reality Camera then?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I can only assume they are showing it in 3rd person for the purposes of the demonstration?
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Google's store has a lot of free demos. "Titans of Space" is a pretty cool tour of the solar system (and beyond), and "Tuscany Dive" (walking around a country house) is another fun one. Standing on the top of a staircase and looking down is unsettlingly convincing.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Da fuq?
  • Zyrr 2 years ago

    Weird, out-of-body experience simulator
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    @Sammoore That's Eve for you. You can't say they're not being faithful to the source...
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    Nevermind, he said magic of presents! :D
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I think you are going to see a lot of 3rd person games shoe horned in.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    Third-person??
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    Right hang on. I'm missing something.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LARGE-Cardboard-VR-Note-Xperia-Z-etc-Google-Cardboard-Clone-Fast-Delivery-/191358369187?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2c8dd8fda3 This was the sort I got, obviously may vary by phone used. No headstrap but as a cheap "what it might be like" it's fairly workable.
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    For a giant space battle, very little is actually happening. Most of the ships are just sort of sitting there.
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    The crowd went wild for that at Fanfest, let me tell you.
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    That's an Amarrian Avatar Titan-class warp-in, spaceship fans.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    It looks great and all that but it's running a decent resolution being displayed on your monitor. I'm sure it would be very different with the Rift strapped to your mug.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    This ain't new.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    @blarty that can depend on the lenses used. I have one `plastic` cardboard headset from ebay that does feel like looking through a window. But the cheaper cardboard-constructed one with better lenses *is* like "being there".
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    If this is the same clip from Fanfest, it's immense.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    It's not allowing you to go through the window, its more like putting your face up against the window
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Valkyrie was utterly unplayable when I tried it last year.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk a cheap ~6 clone from ebay, yes.
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    Hilmar's a bear of a man in person.
  • Shporet 2 years ago

    listen to this shivering voice ahahah :)
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Valkyrie footage ahoy!
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk to be fair I've watched Star Wars in a virtual cinema via cardboard and a note 3 and it is kind of fun.
  • Stepharneo 2 years ago

    Now you can pretend that you have a living room big enough for Kinect to work.
  • orangpelupa 2 years ago

    @martin So many "Exciting" words :p did you get excited sitting there?
  • blarty 2 years ago

    Sorry but MS ain't going to give away one of it's main hooks for gaming on HoloLens
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Did he forget his trendy indie title of the minute t-shirt?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I don't think Sony will feel threatened by Microsoft's OR offering.
  • Shporet 2 years ago

    ahahaha imagine the resolution ahahahahahthis is crap
  • SuperSoupy 2 years ago

    Xbox games playing on culus, THATS fricken cool
  • blarty 2 years ago

    There is more than a hint of 'Palmer Luckey's Dad' about Phil Spencer
  • SameerAFC 2 years ago

    Well they were not going to partner up with Sony who are a direct competitor
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    I just joined, what have I missed anything major?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I wonder if they'll include the $30 dongle too?
  • G-Lord 2 years ago

    Sensible, but unspectacular move.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    http://cdn.overclock.net/e/e9/576x416px-LL-e9a91572_spit_coffee_Wut-s576x416-126987-580.png
  • Shporet 2 years ago

    now I didn't see this coming
  • superjag86 2 years ago

    Ooh
  • superjag86 2 years ago

    @Toaster05 Yes! It's like he's constantly waiting for applause.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Ok, that's.... unexpected.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I'm getting a real 'Apple' vibe from this guy. It's all magical and amazing.
  • superjag86 2 years ago

    Is it me or was Microsoft's Holodeck presentation less awkward than this?!
  • SameerAFC 2 years ago

    This thing is going to mess up my hair
  • blarty 2 years ago

    Brendan's just obsessed with this dino, who we're returning to.Jurassic Rift confirmed.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Ok, I'm happy about detachable headphones.
  • blarty 2 years ago

    "Can't hear anything on Rift? Deploy the landing gear!"
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    I can definitely still see it, even when it's on the desk.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Let's just cut to the sex show. Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud!
  • wyp100 2 years ago

    "Paradigm" alert. Drink everything
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    @A_FAN a bit of fucking off wouldn't go amiss. Thx.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    THE MAGIC OF PRESENTS?!
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    Yep, definitely still looks like a toaster you put on your face and hope no-one walks in.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Because it looks nothing like the 'leak'
  • wyp100 2 years ago

    SILENCE
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    /chugs
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    Visceral - check.
  • wyp100 2 years ago

    "Visceral" alert. Drink all your drinks
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Oh they are going to run the demo they've shown before.
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    I feel scared!!
  • Shporet 2 years ago

    It's vr you can't see it on your 2d screen
  • LittleBigDave 2 years ago

    where the fuck is it
  • robert147 2 years ago

    I thought it started at 6pm? All i see is an oval
  • Bedders 2 years ago

    I'm really digging this Running Man-esque intro music. Are we in the future now?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    18 for GTA V ! Fucking ell!
  • Cosquae 2 years ago

    Is it necessarily wise to put a press conference on to start the exact same day, hour and minute as the start of the Steam Sales?
  • wyp100 2 years ago

    It's a fucking monkey
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    it's a chimp, mate
  • Bratterz 2 years ago

    ffs martin
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Oh they changed up the music to something almost John Carpenteresque
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Not to be a stickler but going by your previous linked image surely you mean 'Chimp'?
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I'll be sure to tune in then!
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Let's be honest though if Oculus want to show what Rift is all about and what the average consumer wants we should be getting a live sex show in 20mins time.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Hype is a bit strong. Curiosity piqued to about 5.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Muzak!
  • blarty 2 years ago

    Here's hoping for a quick cameo by Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey.
  • DakeyrasUK 2 years ago

    @toaster05 I really hope not, that would be suicide from a gaming point of view.The PC rig needs to be beefy enough without having to cope with changing refresh rates, pixel counts and aspect ratios...
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I just hope that Rift don't fall into the trap of what I suspect HTC will do and try and iterate the hardware yearly.
  • DakeyrasUK 2 years ago

    "This is an old placeholder concept image that we accidentally leaked."Whilst I can believe it is an old placeholder image. How exactly, if anyone can explain, can it be accidentally leaked? Surely, someone purposefully leaked it?!
  • MikkyX 2 years ago

    I kinda hope Ubi have some VR stuff to show off at E3. Their conferences are always so hammed and over the top already that UbiVR might cause the presenters (will it be Aisha Tyler again this year? to spontaneously combust.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Oi! I called 350 already.
  • MikkyX 2 years ago

    Well, this might distract me from the Steam Summer Sale which is rumoured to be starting at about the same time.
  • Bertie 2 years ago

    I'm going 350!
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I've tried DK2 a few times now and whilst the hardware had a way to go I was already sold on the concept. Playing Elite Dangerous on Rift was a the outstanding moment for me at last years EGX.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I really hope you don't win Martin. For wallet related reasons only.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I'm hoping to undergo a 'Lawnmower Man' type conversion thanks to Rift.
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    I'm going to call it at tree fiddy. (but only because you called it at 250 which seems more reasonable)
  • Toaster05 2 years ago

    Guess the RRP sweepstakes anyone?
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    So will they be showing us the ads and "Like" button pushing they'd enjoy you doing, and will they explain how they intend to sell a high-end niche tech product to idiot Facebookists who only own "smart"phones and are unlikely to sit isolated in a headset..?
  • podgek293 2 years ago

    @sammoore they're less likely to get caught up in the mass of news that'll come from the Sony, MS, Ubi, EA and Acti conferences that happen... like today it's been a relatively slow day, now occulus will have it till 10pm tonight (depending how the NPD results go)
  • Sammoore 2 years ago

    They're doing actual conferences before E3 now? What is this? What are they all afraid of being overshadowed by?
  • podgek293 2 years ago

    has there been a rumor on the price yet?

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16:26 By Robert Purchese

16:27 By Robert Purchese

There are those "ancient" concept images Palmer Luckey was talking about. Will the final version look at all similar?

16:39 By Martin Robinson

16:39 By Martin Robinson

I found an even earlier prototype.

16:40 By Martin Robinson

In all seriousness, I hope we've all learned our lessons about letting monkeys/cats/pets play with VR after all that messiness first time round.

16:42 By Martin Robinson

Don't want to see anyone tonight being rushed down on stage by a talking chimp, bellowing 'not so lucky now, ey, Palmer?'.

16:42 By Martin Robinson

I'm going with £400!

Toaster05 says:

Guess the RRP sweepstakes anyone?

16:43 By Martin Robinson

Hey, that's my job.

A_FAN says:

@vertigo are you going to post utter bollocks into every conference again this year. and then get all upset and weird when people do it to the nintendo stuff?

16:52 By Martin Robinson

It's a big problem for VR in general - until you've actually tried it, it's just watching people in silly headsets.

A_FAN says:

its going to be really trick to convey the VR experience on stage. really looking forward to getting to try one myself

17:35 By Martin Robinson

The muzak has begun, the traditional sign that it's time to get hype.

17:36 By Martin Robinson

I just want to see that monkey.

blarty says:

Here's hoping for a quick cameo by Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey.

17:37 By Martin Robinson

The Doors are 10 minutes away! Those guys know how to put on a show.

17:41 By Martin Robinson

I've heard that's pretty much what Microsoft's conference next week will be too, to be fair.

Toaster05 says:

Let's be honest though if Oculus want to show what Rift is all about and what the average consumer wants we should be getting a live sex show in 20mins time.

17:44 By Martin Robinson

So, what to expect.

17:44 By Martin Robinson

Final form factor, release date, price and controller.

17:48 By Martin Robinson

Which is all well and good, but I just want to see what it looks like when it's worn by a chimp.

17:48 By Martin Robinson

Yes. Yes I did.

Toaster05 says:

Not to be a stickler but going by your previous linked image surely you mean 'Chimp'?

18:02 By Martin Robinson

For the doubters in the comments, Lawnmower Man plays hosts to chimps.

18:02 By Martin Robinson

I won't be drawn in to the chimps or monkeys debate. Not here. Not like this.

18:03 By Martin Robinson

Where do they get their tunes for these conferences?

18:04 By Martin Robinson

It makes me feel like I've just paid 12 for a gin and tonic.

18:06 By Martin Robinson

We're go, that O subsides into the background and Brendan Iribe walks onto the stage.

18:07 By Martin Robinson

Looking like he's just walked out of an episode of Silicon Valley, rocking the hoodie and shirt combination.

18:08 By Martin Robinson

He looks so rich.

18:08 By Martin Robinson

Anyway, some scene setting first about how we've got to VR, and leaning on what looks like Crytek's VR demo with the dinosaur.

18:09 By Martin Robinson

'Imagine that T-Rex comes crashing through this theatre'. Oh god, he's going to do a King Kong, isn't he? You've gone too far, Oculus, too far.

18:09 By Martin Robinson

No-one's ever unleashed a dinosaur in a press conference before.

18:10 By Martin Robinson

There was that time Ubisoft unleashed a load of rabbits on to the stage.

18:10 By Martin Robinson

They just looked scared and did a little bit of crapping.

18:10 By Martin Robinson

Sorry, while I was reminiscing we're seeing the final form of Oculus. It's sleek!

18:11 By Martin Robinson

And actually quite small. It *looks* light.

18:12 By Martin Robinson

Comfortable presents. The best kind.

18:13 By Martin Robinson

'Maybe not quite as high resolution as you'd want, but this is the beginning'. Admirable honesty.

18:14 By Martin Robinson

On the outside he's all relaxed, but beneath that it's BUSINESS.

dogmanstaruk says:

Not fan of shirt under hoodie.

18:14 By Martin Robinson

The audio side is interesting, and something that hasn't been touched upon much before.

18:15 By Martin Robinson

The Rift has an integrated audio system. Brendan's just obsessed with this dino, who we're returning to.

18:15 By Martin Robinson

You'll hear his little booties coming towards you. The dinosaurs, that is, not Brendan's.

18:16 By Martin Robinson

Headphones are removable.

18:17 By Martin Robinson

Balance and general ergonomics have been improved. It looks very different to the developer kits we've seen before.

18:17 By Martin Robinson

Iribe's eyes are too close together. I'm not being mean. He just admitted that.

18:18 By Martin Robinson

He does look like a cut-rate JJ Abrams though. Now I am being mean.

18:19 By Martin Robinson

We're on to the meat now - the inputs, or the controllers we'll be using with the Rift.

18:19 By Martin Robinson

Ha. It's an Xbox One controller.

18:20 By Martin Robinson

An amazingly underwhelmed round of applause. That doesn't seem like much of a solution.

18:20 By Martin Robinson

But! Phil Spencer's onstage. They're partnering with Microsoft, which is of course significant.

18:21 By Martin Robinson

Phil's wearing two watches, a nice knitted top and he's puffing his chest out like the proud pigeon that he is.

18:21 By Martin Robinson

You show 'em Phil.

18:22 By Martin Robinson

Windows 10 integration is part of it, and you can stream Xbox One games to Oculus Rift.

18:22 By Martin Robinson

It's a 'Virtual Cinema' rather than real VR integration, it seems.

18:23 By Martin Robinson

Well, now you can wear a hat in your living room that makes you think you're in a living room.

18:24 By Martin Robinson

That's all a bit meta for my tastes.

18:25 By Martin Robinson

A shame not to see a more imaginative controller solution - Sony, with Move, and Vive with their own efforts, won't feel threatened. There'll hopefully be more Oculus solutions on the way.

18:25 By Martin Robinson

Jason Rubin, formerly of Naughty Dog, takes to the stage.

18:26 By Martin Robinson

Crash Bandicoot VR? Crash Team Racing VR? SHENMUE 3?

18:27 By Martin Robinson

CCP's Hilmar! He's a man.

18:27 By Martin Robinson

EVE Valkyrie still is at the forefront of Oculus' gaming pretensions.

18:29 By Martin Robinson

You can relive the magic of the reveal over here, should you wish.

18:30 By Martin Robinson

Nothing significant new to share on Valkyrie, it seems, beyond a new trailer.

18:31 By Martin Robinson

Although I swear I've seen this trailer before.

18:31 By Martin Robinson

Ah, looks like it is.

Bedders says:

If this is the same clip from Fanfest, it's immense.

18:34 By Martin Robinson

Gunfire Games next.

18:34 By Martin Robinson

Formerly Vigil, who worked on Darksiders, and they're showing off what they've been up to.

18:35 By Martin Robinson

Ico-esque and third person, which is interesting for a VR game.

18:35 By Martin Robinson

In that it doesn't really look like a VR game at all, and more like a traditional console game.

18:36 By Martin Robinson

Oh god I don't want to type anything cruel because he already looks like he's going to cry.

18:37 By Martin Robinson

But... Well... I struggle to see how that's playing to VR's strengths. It looks like it's just ended up on Oculus.

18:37 By Martin Robinson

THEY'RE ALL AT IT. Ted Price, wearing one of his trademark oversized shirts, announces third-person adventure Edge of Nowhere, an Oculus exclusive from Insomniac.

18:38 By Martin Robinson

Well, they're much smarter people than I so there must be something in this third-person VR thing.

18:39 By Martin Robinson

High Voltage are doing Damaged Core, Sanzaru are doing VR Sports Challenge.

18:40 By Martin Robinson

Some big-ish names, all working games that will be available next year.

18:40 By Martin Robinson

Harmonix are onboard, as are Climax and Square Enix. They're just the biggest names I spotted there. Not biggest type-wise. Oh, you know what I mean.

18:42 By Martin Robinson

Anna Sweet on-stage now, formerly of Valve.

18:42 By Martin Robinson

And talking about how Rift's an open platform, with anyone able to make games thanks to Unity and Unreal.

18:43 By Martin Robinson

So just about anyone can make their own third-person VR adventure?

18:44 By Martin Robinson

Indies will be key to Oculus' success - as they have been during its incubation.

18:44 By Martin Robinson

And Oculus is throwing $10m out there to help new developers.

18:45 By Martin Robinson

Handsome Nate Mitchell now, who's gone for a figure-hugging shirt and just the merest hint of bare chest. Hawt.

18:46 By Martin Robinson

And he's introducing Home, the hub and virtual environment for Rift.

18:46 By Martin Robinson

There will be VR previews of the game, rather than trailers, that give you little tasters.

18:47 By Martin Robinson

More announcements coming at Connect 2 this September, and now Brendan's back on-stage.

18:48 By Martin Robinson

Are we getting a release date and price?

18:48 By Martin Robinson

Hmm, kind of - Q1 2016.

18:48 By Martin Robinson

That's after Vive, but most likely before Morpheus.

18:48 By Martin Robinson

Money now please.

18:49 By Martin Robinson

Ah, looks like we'll get a proper look at the input solution now from Palmer 'I should be so' Luckey.

18:49 By Martin Robinson

But no price it seems.

18:50 By Martin Robinson

He's sporting the slightly rusty t-shirt, jeans and blazer combo. So much to learn, young Palmer.

18:51 By Martin Robinson

Called Oculus Touch, it looks similar to Valve's solution.

18:51 By Martin Robinson

A pair of track controllers, code-named Half Moon.

18:52 By Martin Robinson

The best presents!

Bratterz says:

Hand presents!

18:53 By Martin Robinson

It's a mix of traditional inputs and more gesture-based inputs.

18:55 By Martin Robinson

Two buttons, analogue triggers and a hand trigger - plus haptics for force feedback.

18:55 By Martin Robinson

Hang on.

18:55 By Martin Robinson

I'm getting unconfirmed reports that he's wearing flip-flops.

Bratterz says:

guys. guys. guys.He's wearing flip-flops!

18:56 By Martin Robinson

I... I... I don't think I've ever seen the like at E3 before.

18:57 By Martin Robinson

Oculus has come here, and they've changed the game. They've totally changed the game. Can you actually see his toes?

18:57 By Martin Robinson

Oh, and those controllers look quite good.

18:57 By Martin Robinson

That's a wrap, it seems.

18:57 By Martin Robinson

In summary, dinosaurs, presents and sandals. There's your headline.

18:59 By Martin Robinson

No price though, sadly - we'll likely have to wait some time for that.

18:59 By Martin Robinson

Join us next week, where from 3am on Monday morning we'll be keeping a keen eye on the footwear of the great and good at E3.

19:04 By Martin Robinson

19:04 By Martin Robinson

Good night everyone.