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Oculus VR News | May 21, 2024

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Oculus Connect 5 Developer Session Videos Now Online – Part 1

Oculus Connect 5 Developer Session Videos Now Online

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Last week more than 3,000 people gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus’ fifth annual Oculus Connect developer conference (OC5), where speakers across more than 40 talks shared the latest in virtual reality techniques and technological advancements that will push the VR industry forward.

For those not lucky enough to attend Oculus Connect this year, the company recently released a series of developer session videos to watch online, check them out below.

Oculus Connect 5: Opening Keynote

Speakers: Mark Zuckerberg – CEO (Facebook), Andrew Bosworth – VP of AR/VR (Facebook), VP of VR (Oculus), Ruth Bram – Producer (Oculus Studios), Lucy Chen – Product Manager (Oculus), Sean Liu – Product Manager (Oculus), Vicki Dobbs Beck – Executive in Charge (ILMxLAB), David S. Goyer – Writer/Executive Producer, Michael Abrash – Chief Scientist (Oculus)

Oculus Connect 5: John Carmack Unscripted Keynote

Speakers: John Carmack – Chief Technology Officer (Oculus)

Hybrid Apps: Preview Session

Speakers: Zachariah Reiner – Dash Product Manager (Oculus)

‘Learn how to take your 2D desktop application and make it VR capable with Hybrid Apps.’

Medium and Quill for Prototyping

Speakers: Bryant Koshu – Concept Artist (Skydance Interactive), Pierre LaFayette – Engineer (Facebook), Kelli Townley – Medium Executive Producer/Product Manager (Oculus), Martin Nebelong – (Martin Nebelong Illustration)

‘Learn how Medium and Quill are used to prototype assets and previsualize environments for VR experiences. There will be performance demos in VR by Bryant “Momo” Koshu (Archangel: Hellfire) and Martin Nebelong (The Excuse).’

UX Research in VR

Speakers: Tara Franz – UX Researcher (Oculus), Brian Espinosa – Hardware Researcher (Oculus), James Lin – Research Scientists (Oculus)

‘Oculus researchers will share guidance on how to leverage existing knowledge and gather actionable insights that augment the development process and yield better experiences for consumers’

Bootstrapping Social VR

Speakers: John Bartkiw – Engineering Manager (Oculus)

‘The best way to get the real feeling of presence in VR is to share an experience with someone else. In this session, we’ll debunk the myth about how challenging it is to build a multiplayer VR experience. We’ll walk through a Unity sample project step-by-step to help you build with invites and matchmaking, co-ordinated app launch and Avatars, VoIP and P2P networking.’

Evolving Stormland: How Insomniac Draws from the Past

Speakers: Mike Daly – Lead Designer (Insomniac Games), Duncan Moore – Principle Designer (Insomniac Games)

‘Insomniac Games has a long history of making games with smooth gameplay, player empowerment, and open-world freedom. The creators of Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and The Unspoken will share some of the VR-specific gameplay tips and tricks discovered over the course of developing four VR titles that culminate in Stormland’s free-roaming exploration and combat gameplay, as well as how these aspects enrich the player experience in VR.’

Breaking the Story: Emergent Narrative from Shared Experiences

Speakers: Colum Slevin – Head of Experiences (Oculus)

‘Storytelling is incalculably ancient, VR is shiny and new. Finding the ideal marriage is a voyage with unexpected turns and the journey is 1% complete. Experimentation yields alchemy and things are always evolving. Shared tribal experiences create emergent narratives.’

Introducing the Manifold RED by Facebook 360: A Look at the Next Generation of Immersive Storytelling

Speakers: Brian Cabral – Engineering Director (Facebook), Kate Wurzbacher – Head of Camera (Here be Dragons), Uday Mathur CTO (RED Digital), Andrew Shulkind – Director of Future Imaging (Ai Technology & Global Immersive Strategy)

‘Facebook and RED have partnered to build a camera that captures and renders content in six degrees of freedom (6DoF) with incredible fidelity, for a viewing experience in VR that was never possible before. We’ll share the latest details unveiled today on the Manifold RED by Facebook 360, and our partners will join us to discuss how immersive capture and workflow technologies will shape the future of immersive filmmaking.’

The Hierarchy of Being: Embodying Our Virtual Selves

Speakers: Yelena Rachitsky – Executive Producer (Oculus), Isabel Tewes – Developer Strategy (Oculus)

‘How do you design an experience optimized for immersion and make someone feel like they’re there? In this session, we’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to investigate how the body, movement, and presence of others can deliver immersion in virtual reality.’

Building Brand + Community On a Budget

Speakers: Lisa Brown Jaloza – Technology Communication Manager (Oculus)

‘Come learn about the unique opportunities available to you as Oculus developers and pick up some tried-and-true best practices while you’re at it. From blogs and asset creation to reddiquette and beyond, we’ll help you put social media and the VR community to work for you—without breaking the bank.’

Oculus Lipsync SDK Audio to Facial Animation

Speakers: Elif Albuz – Computer Vision Engineering Manager (Oculus), Sam Johnson – Computer Vision Engineer (Oculus), Nikita Shulga – Software Engineer (Oculus), Xingze He – Computer Vision Engineer (Oculus), Bryan Anenberg – Computer Vision Engineer (Oculus)

‘Oculus Lipsync SDK delivers accurate real-time facial animation from audio. This technology is supported across multiple platforms and animates faces across many different languages. We will show you how easy it is to integrate Lipsync into your projects, share our future plans, and discuss recently released features.’

Oculus Avatars: Maximizing Social Presence, Part II

Speakers: Mike Howard – Product Manager (Oculus)

‘Oculus Avatars deliver persistent identity and self-expression users can carry across your apps and games—on and off the Oculus Platform. We’ll cover the latest updates, including our work to boost performance while making integration even easier, and explore the technology behind new advancements that will deliver lively, expressive avatars that you can almost lipread.’

Reinforcing Mobile Performance with RenderDoc

Speakers: Remi Palandri – Software Engineer (Oculus)

‘We’ve done a lot under the hood to make your apps shine across our mobile platform. Here, you’ll learn how to make the most of Oculus Go and Oculus Quest’s unique performance improvements, and use our diagnostics to debug quality and performance challenges. We’ll walk through these features and show how to identify and avoid common errors to boost performance across Unity, Unreal, and native engines.’

Porting Your App to Oculus Quest

Speakers: Gabor Szauer – Developer Relations Engineer (Oculus)

‘The introduction of standalone means the arrival of more approachable devices and, for developers, a broader range of consumers to target. The good news is you’re already ready. A stable of universal techniques and best practices can help reduce draw calls and hit perf without sacrificing fidelity. We’ll start with an overview of the device and basic considerations, and walk step by step through the process of reviewing and optimizing textures, scene geometry, and lighting—including deep dive on engine profiling tools and specific Oculus Quest performance targets.’

Oculus Store 101 Content Policies Explained

Speakers: Debbie Rosenbaum – Lead Counsel (Oculus), Lisa Brewster – Store Manager (Oculus)

‘Get help understanding the Oculus Store’s policies around inappropriate content, review philosophy, and content rating systems, plus hear about our approach to defending against abuse on the platform. With added insight on our stances and the resources available, you’ll benefit from fewer dev cycles and a faster time to ship.’

Accessibility: Build, Influence and Grow Adoption Over the Next 5 Years in VR

Speakers: Matthew Dickman – Technical Program Manager | Health & Safety (Oculus), Josh Straub – Editor-in-Chief (DAGERS), Cy Wise – Co-Founder [unnamed next venture] | Former Studio Director (Owlchemy Labs)

‘In order to deliver world-class products, we must build experiences where everyone can enjoy immersive VR. One of the areas that gaming has consistently been focused on is engaging more authentically with the Accessibility Community. VR has the potential to take the learnings from 2D games and expand on that with a higher fidelity of engagement. This panel will explore and share best practices and learnings of how to develop a product that considers a wider set of users with physical, audible and visible challenges.’

Advances in the Oculus Rift PC SDK

Speakers: Volga Aksoy – Software Engineer (Oculus), Dean Beeler – Software Engineer (Oculus)

‘The PC SDK is the foundation of performant apps and games. This session will cover our latest features and new runtime advances designed to help you boost visual fidelity and performance.’

For more coverage on the latest Oculus news and updates, keep checking back with OVRnews. Stay tuned!