I just posted my story about what Facebook’s Oculus just announced at the Oculus Connect developers conference here in San Jose this morning. Here’s an excerpt:
aNewDomainVR — At the Oculus Connect developers’ conference here in San Jose today, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and execs at Facebook’s Oculus announced a range of new developer tools and platforms for the Oculus Rift, Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR and the $199 Oculus Touch.
The Oculus Touch, execs said, will ship December 6.
The event wasn’t about the new hardware, though. The some dozen Oculus announcements unleashed this morning were for developers, and they followed along a single theme, which Zuckerberg spelled out as soon as he hopped on stage.
“Look around the room,” he told the packed room of developers and journalists gathered here. “What we’re wired to see isn’t the chairs or the walls, it’s the people. That’s how our brains work, and that’s why I’ve spent my life trying to build technology that puts people at the center of the experience.
“Imagine,” Zuckerberg continued. “If you had to switch spaces like you switch apps, you’d be in a room eating by yourself, then if you wanted to talk to friends you’d get up and go to a different place, and if you wanted to get a photo you’d have to go to yet another room. That’s not going to be how virtual reality works.”