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Oculus VR Announces Oculus Connect and Acquisition of RakNet

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Oculus VR yesterday announced via?its Kickstarter page its?own developer conference, Oculus Connect, that brings?all the top engineers, designers, and developers from around the world to share their knowledge to be able to develop and further expand the horizons of virtual reality.

?In the last two years, we?ve seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that?s a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality?s momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take ?virtual reality to the next level,? the Oculus team mentioned in the statement.

Oculus will be presenting their latest advancements in the virtual reality field, led by some of its own Oculus engineers and industry pioneers. Developers attending the event will also have the opportunity to receive design and engineering feedback directly from the Oculus team in thier hands-on labs.

The conference will also feature keynotes from Oculus? founder, Palmer Luckey, CEO Brendan Iribe, CTO John Carmack, and chief scientist Michael Abrash on the company and the virtual reality industry.2969bf8fa8c7667e918f37ee28f2b272_large

Oculus Connect 2014 will be held on September 19 and 20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. If you are interested, you may apply on the Oculus website beginning on July 10. The conference is open to the public, but attendance will be limited. Livestreams will be available for developers who are unable to make it to the event.

Meanwhile, Oculus also announced their acquisition of RakNet, a cross-platform, open source, C++ networking engine designed for game programmers.

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?We?ve known Kevin Jenkins, founder of Jenkins Software and lead engineer on RakNet, for years, and we?ve used RakNet internally at Oculus for various networked systems and tools. After working with Kevin for a few months, we were all excited by the idea of open-sourcing RakNet to the community.?

No specific details regarding the acquisition were mentioned in the announcement.

Image Source: Oculus Kickstarter Page

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