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Oculus plans a developer conference to push VR apps

OculusVR will hold a developer conference in September, just a couple months after shipping its second-generation Oculus Rift developer kit.

Oculus Connect will be a “developer conference that brings together engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world to share and collaborate in the interest of creating the best virtual reality experiences possible,” according to the Facebook-owned VR firm. The conference is scheduled for September 19 and 20 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, and tickets go on sale this Thursday.

It sounds like there will be some news out of the conference, as Oculus says attendees “will be the first to learn about upcoming Oculus technology.” CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey, chief technology officer John Carmack, and chief scientist Michael Abrash will all be giving keynote speeches, which will also be live-streamed.

Oculus has established itself as a frontrunner in VR tech afterFacebook bought the company for $2 billion earlier this year. Oculus has since gone on a hiring spree, picking up several VR experts from Valve (including Abrash), along with Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin to lead Oculus' worldwide studios. Luckey has also said Oculus will invest more money, post-Facebook, to support VR development and publishing.

These efforts will likely ramp up after the second-generation Oculus Rift developer kits arrive. Earlier this month, Oculus said the first kits have left the manufacturing facility, and should start landing in developers' hands the week of July 14. But because the company is behind on manufacturing, some developers with July estimated ship dates may not receive their kits until next month.

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