Oculus Connect 5 Will Livestream In VR, But Not On Rift

by Jamie Feltham • September 19th, 2018

You’ll be able to watch next week’s Oculus Connect 5 in all but the most expensive of Facebook’s VR headsets.

The Oculus Venues app, which launched earlier this year on Oculus Go and Gear VR, will be streaming keynote talks and eSports matches live from this year’s developer conference. Venues hasn’t yet launched on the Oculus Rift, though, so owners of the PC VR headset will have to settle for standard streaming if they don’t have a Go or Gear.

Venues is a free piece of software that allows you to meet up with friends and watch certain events either on a giant virtual screen or with panoramic views. It’s already been used for sporting and musical events (and, brilliantly, it streamed the Twilight Saga last weekend), but this is the first time Oculus is livestreaming one of its own events from inside the app.

Featured events include the opening keynote, the always-eventful John Carmack talk and livestreamed matches of Onward and Echo Arena. Talk-based sessions will be shown in 180 degrees, but Oculus will also offer a first look at in-VR 360 degree streaming gameplay for the eSports sessions.

Elsewhere Oculus has confirmed that The Void’s popular location-based VR experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, will be available to play at the show, which will give anyone that hasn’t been to Disneyland in the last 12 months a chance to try it out.

Oculus Connect 5 kicks off on September 26th with an opening keynote that’s bound to be filled with news. You can be sure that we’ll be covering all of the latest announcements from the show.

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