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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16:26

16:27

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

16:39

16:39

I found an even earlier prototype.

16:40

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

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

Toaster05 says:

Guess the RRP sweepstakes anyone?

I'm going with ÂŁ400!

16:43

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?

Hey, that's my job.

16:52

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

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

17:35

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

17:36

blarty says:

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

I just want to see that monkey.

17:37

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

17:41

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.

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

17:44

So, what to expect.

17:44

Final form factor, release date, price and controller.

17:48

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

Toaster05 says:

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

Yes. Yes I did.

18:02

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

18:02

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

18:03

Where do they get their tunes for these conferences?

18:04

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

18:06

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

18:07

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

18:08

He looks so rich.

18:08

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

'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

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

18:10

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

18:10

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

18:10

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

18:11

And actually quite small. It *looks* light.

18:12

Comfortable presents. The best kind.

18:13

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

18:14

dogmanstaruk says:

Not fan of shirt under hoodie.

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

18:14

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

18:15

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

18:15

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

18:16

Headphones are removable.

18:17

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

18:17

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

18:18

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

18:19

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

18:19

Ha. It's an Xbox One controller.

18:20

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

18:20

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

18:21

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

You show 'em Phil.

18:22

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

18:22

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

18:23

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

18:24

That's all a bit meta for my tastes.

18:25

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

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

18:26

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

18:27

CCP's Hilmar! He's a man.

18:27

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

18:29

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

18:30

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

18:31

Although I swear I've seen this trailer before.

18:31

Bedders says:

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

Ah, looks like it is.

18:34

Gunfire Games next.

18:34

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

18:35

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

18:35

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

18:36

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

18:37

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

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

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

18:39

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

18:40

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

18:40

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

Anna Sweet on-stage now, formerly of Valve.

18:42

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

18:43

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

18:44

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

18:44

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

18:45

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

18:46

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

18:46

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

18:47

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

18:48

Are we getting a release date and price?

18:48

Hmm, kind of - Q1 2016.

18:48

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

18:48

Money now please.

18:49

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

18:49

But no price it seems.

18:50

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

18:51

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

18:51

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

18:52

Bratterz says:

Hand presents!

The best presents!

18:53

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

18:55

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

18:55

Hang on.

18:55

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

18:55

Bratterz says:

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

18:56

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

18:57

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

18:57

Oh, and those controllers look quite good.

18:57

That's a wrap, it seems.

18:57

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

18:59

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

18:59

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

19:04

Good night everyone.

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    SooZee 3 years ago
    £1000 - forget it.
    true_gamer 3 years ago
    The real question is how many of you here can actually afford it ?
    tomparkes 3 years ago
    I thought you were being funny and sarcastic till i seen your name lol
    Toaster05 3 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.
    Oxybelis 3 years ago
    No demo of this controller?
    Genome 3 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.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    The price sweepstake rolls over to E3 then.
    The_Weird 3 years ago
    Exhibit A
    Sammoore 3 years ago
    @The_Weird : the next big genre, calling it
    The_Weird 3 years ago
    Gnome Puncher
    DakeyrasUK 3 years ago
    Okay, I'm loving the sound of these controllers!
    Bedders 3 years ago
    Mandals. Respect.
    vert1go 3 years ago
    Driveclub guy would be freaking out right now.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    guys. guys. guys.He's wearing flip-flops!
    Genome 3 years ago
    Is he wearing flip-flops?
    The_Weird 3 years ago
    In fact I'm having it now - it's incredible!
    The_Weird 3 years ago
    I can't wait for the thumbs up experience.
    vert1go 3 years ago
    Presents are critical in VR clearly.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    Hand presents!
    The_Weird 3 years ago
    No matter how amazing VR is on the inside, you will always look like a bell-end from the outside..
    Bedders 3 years ago
    They're....bangles?
    Sammoore 3 years ago
    sounds like PS move
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Power Glove?
    Sammoore 3 years ago
    They must be revealing it at E3
    vert1go 3 years ago
    Price now or E3...
    SameerAFC 3 years ago
    That's one way to spend Zuckerberg's money
    vert1go 3 years ago
    just go through the google store finding "dive" or "vr" or "cardboard" and there's plenty to mess with.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    My goodness, some of the quotes from this conference...
    FMV-GAMER 3 years ago
    @dogmanstaruk I am also excited by some of the games shown. The only dull part was XB1 Shil Spencer
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Nope
    Cheeky-Girl-Gamer 3 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 3 years ago
    Panorama sphere photos are fun too.
    vert1go 3 years ago
    It's all a bit `hacky` and really just a small test of what VR will eventually be like.
    FMV-GAMER 3 years ago
    @dogmanstaruk I am so excited for this
    vert1go 3 years ago
    Fun other thing; Trinus Gyre, which can stream Actual PC Games to cardboard headset either in real or fake 3d too.
    Sammoore 3 years ago
    Harmonix, interesting. The rest I couldn't really give a toss about.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Errr, just give us Mirrors Edge and be done with it.
    Bedders 3 years ago
    I hope they close this with a word from the Hearthstone team.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I can only assume they are showing it in 3rd person for the purposes of the demonstration?
    vert1go 3 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 3 years ago
    Da fuq?
    Zyrr 3 years ago
    Weird, out-of-body experience simulator
    Bedders 3 years ago
    @Sammoore That's Eve for you. You can't say they're not being faithful to the source...
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    Nevermind, he said magic of presents! :D
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I think you are going to see a lot of 3rd person games shoe horned in.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    Third-person??
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    Right hang on. I'm missing something.
    vert1go 3 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 3 years ago
    For a giant space battle, very little is actually happening. Most of the ships are just sort of sitting there.
    Bedders 3 years ago
    The crowd went wild for that at Fanfest, let me tell you.
    Bedders 3 years ago
    That's an Amarrian Avatar Titan-class warp-in, spaceship fans.
    Toaster05 3 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 3 years ago
    This ain't new.
    vert1go 3 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 3 years ago
    If this is the same clip from Fanfest, it's immense.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Valkyrie was utterly unplayable when I tried it last year.
    vert1go 3 years ago
    @dogmanstaruk a cheap ~£6 clone from ebay, yes.
    Bedders 3 years ago
    Hilmar's a bear of a man in person.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Valkyrie footage ahoy!
    vert1go 3 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 3 years ago
    Now you can pretend that you have a living room big enough for Kinect to work.
    orangpelupa 3 years ago
    @martin So many "Exciting" words :p did you get excited sitting there?
    vert1go 3 years ago
    Did he forget his trendy indie title of the minute t-shirt?
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I don't think Sony will feel threatened by Microsoft's OR offering.
    SuperSoupy 3 years ago
    Xbox games playing on culus, THATS fricken cool
    SameerAFC 3 years ago
    Well they were not going to partner up with Sony who are a direct competitor
    Sammoore 3 years ago
    I just joined, what have I missed anything major?
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I wonder if they'll include the $30 dongle too?
    G-Lord 3 years ago
    Sensible, but unspectacular move.
    superjag86 3 years ago
    Ooh
    superjag86 3 years ago
    @Toaster05 Yes! It's like he's constantly waiting for applause.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Ok, that's.... unexpected.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I'm getting a real 'Apple' vibe from this guy. It's all magical and amazing.
    superjag86 3 years ago
    Is it me or was Microsoft's Holodeck presentation less awkward than this?!
    SameerAFC 3 years ago
    This thing is going to mess up my hair
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Ok, I'm happy about detachable headphones.
    Bedders 3 years ago
    I can definitely still see it, even when it's on the desk.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Let's just cut to the sex show. Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud!
    wyp100 3 years ago
    "Paradigm" alert. Drink everything
    vert1go 3 years ago
    @A_FAN a bit of fucking off wouldn't go amiss. Thx.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    THE MAGIC OF PRESENTS?!
    Bedders 3 years ago
    Yep, definitely still looks like a toaster you put on your face and hope no-one walks in.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Because it looks nothing like the 'leak'
    wyp100 3 years ago
    SILENCE
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    /chugs
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    Visceral - check.
    wyp100 3 years ago
    "Visceral" alert. Drink all your drinks
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Oh they are going to run the demo they've shown before.
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    I feel scared!!
    robert147 3 years ago
    I thought it started at 6pm? All i see is an oval
    Bedders 3 years ago
    I'm really digging this Running Man-esque intro music. Are we in the future now?
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    £18 for GTA V ! Fucking ell!
    Cosquae 3 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 3 years ago
    It's a fucking monkey
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    it's a chimp, mate
    Bratterz 3 years ago
    ffs martin
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Oh they changed up the music to something almost John Carpenteresque
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Not to be a stickler but going by your previous linked image surely you mean 'Chimp'?
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I'll be sure to tune in then!
    Toaster05 3 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 3 years ago
    Hype is a bit strong. Curiosity piqued to about 5.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Muzak!
    DakeyrasUK 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
    Oi! I called £350 already.
    MikkyX 3 years ago
    Well, this might distract me from the Steam Summer Sale which is rumoured to be starting at about the same time.
    Bertie 3 years ago
    I'm going £350!
    Toaster05 3 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 3 years ago
    I really hope you don't win Martin. For wallet related reasons only.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I'm hoping to undergo a 'Lawnmower Man' type conversion thanks to Rift.
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    I'm going to call it at tree fiddy. (but only because you called it at 250 which seems more reasonable)
    Toaster05 3 years ago
    Guess the RRP sweepstakes anyone?
    vert1go 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
    They're doing actual conferences before E3 now? What is this? What are they all afraid of being overshadowed by?
    podgek293 3 years ago
    has there been a rumor on the price yet?