The 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) is finally upon us, with a packed week of announcements and demos ahead. As always, you can expect this year’s show to be a big one for VR as development platforms and hardware continue to make advances that push the industry forward. If you can’t make it to San Francisco yourself but still want to keep up-to-date with the biggest announcements as and when they happen then you’ve come to the right place.
Below we’ve rounded up all the VR-relevant keynotes, listing times and what to expect from each talk. Keep in mind GDC is, as the name suggests, a developer-centric show, so don’t expect much in the way of new games and experiences (though there usually are a few).
Google Developer Days – March 19th, 10:00 AM PT/1:00 ET
With the launch of ARCore and the nearing release of the Lenovo Mirage Solo, it’s a busy time for VR and AR at Google. Today the company has a full host of sessions at its Developer Day event, and everything kicks off with this keynote. The company is promising new product announcements at the show, which might hopefully mean we find out when the Mirage Solo is hitting stores, but either way this is sure to be one to tune into.
Unity at GDC Keynote – March 19th, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET (Stream Link Coming)
Unsurprisingly, GDC is a busy time for the largest game engine supplier on the planet, Unity. The company holds several keynotes detailing updates to its platform throughout the year and GDC gives us one such opportunity to find out the latest news. On the VR side, we’re hoping to find out a little more about the company’s work with its EditorVR in-VR development kit and see new ways to help VR developers get the most out of their content.
State of Unreal – March 21st, 9:30 AM PT/12:30 PM PT (Stream Link Coming)
The powerhouse that is the Unreal Engine is heading into GDC with a massive showcase of content. As always, creator Epic Games is promising plenty of surprises for this year’s show along with special guests. Don’t forget that at last years iteration of this talk Oculus showed up to announce the first of many price cuts for the Rift. Could we see similarly big news for the kit at this year’s show?