Oculus made a couple of announcements recently on its blog, including the acquisition of middleware game-network technology provider RakNet, which powers cross-platform voice chat, SQL logging, secure connectivity and more for a number of indie companies and bigger devs, including Mojang and Sony Online Entertainment. Oculus also announced its first developer conference, the Oculus Connect event, which is supposed to take place on September 19 and 20 in Hollywood, Calif.
Oculus’ acquisition of RakNet comes after the company has used the latter’s tech for its own projects for years. Acquiring and open-sourcing RakNet’s tech means that Oculus can provide both itself and its key development partners with more tools to build software for their upcoming VR platform. RakNet offers a C++ class library that had previously been available to games with under $100,000 gross revenue for free, until now as its made freely available to all under a modified BSD license (the same license Facebook uses for its open source projects) from the Oculus GitHub repo:https://github.com/OculusVR/RakNet.
Oculus Connect will give developers access to sessions with in-house Oculus engineers and other VR industry pioneers, including labs where they can get direct feedback and hands-on time with their software and Oculus employers. The conference will begin accepting applications from prospective attendees on July 10 and will send confirmations to those accepted, the following week. Oculus also promises latest news from its development section, letting people know about “upcoming Oculus technology,” (new Rift prototype?) without specifying what exactly that might mean. Keynotes from Brendan Iribe (CEO), Palmer Luckey (Founder), John Carmack (CTO) and Michael Abrash (Chief Scientist) on Oculus, virtual reality, and the future of the medium, will all be a part of the show.
Exact details of the show will be announced later.