Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack tweeted confirmation that portions of the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference will be streamed live via Twitch and NextVR.
Oculus has not publicly revealed anything else about which portions of the event are likely to be streamed live, or if other services like Facebook or YouTube might be used for live streaming as well. The event takes place from Oct. 5-7 with an opening keynote at 10 a.m PST on Oct. 6 and a closing keynote from Carmack at 1:30 p.m. PST on Oct. 7.
Carmack is generally an unscripted speaker, and talking at the end of the conference means he may be able to speak more openly about the things Oculus and Facebook announced over the previous few days. Those two keynotes are the most likely to be live streamed, with major announcements and partnerships revealed likely beginning with the opening keynote. Last year both Twitch and NextVR streamed keynote talks. In the past, helpful developer sessions held throughout the conference have been recorded and released afterward.
NextVR is one of the leading live VR broadcasting companies, delivering crisp and clear panoramic videos for sports and other events. However, camera placement is key and if the camera doesn’t have a good vantage point for the talk it might make more sense to watch on Twitch.
The Oculus event starts a day after Google holds a press event on Oct. 4, where the tech giant is expected to unveil a new phone and a VR headset reference design for the Daydream platform. Sony is also launching its PlayStation VR headset this month for the PS4.
Expectations are high for the Oculus/Facebook conference, with the launch of Oculus Touch poised to dramatically expand the capabilities of the Rift hardware as well as the size of the content library available for it.