OC6 Live Blog

The biggest Quest event of the year is finally upon us. Join us below for a live blog of the event as it happens. Pro tip: No need to refresh your browser

Event
OC6
Location
San Jose
Start time
10am
Event status
Finished
Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:58 pm

Okay, we're going now for a while, expect updates and features for the next couple of days!

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:57 pm

Maria Fernandez now on stage, talking about VR for business and industry. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:54 pm

Facebook Horizon brings creators and artists' visions to life - giving everyone the super powers to express and create in VR with social interactions functionalities built-in. Groups and events, in-product guides, built-in reporting and moderation tools. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:51 pm

More social activities than ever in VR: Facebook Horizon. A place where people can explore, play and connect with friends from all over. Launching with a closed beta early next year but everyone at OC6 gets an invite to join.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:51 pm

More social activities than ever in VR: Facebook Horizon. A place where people can explore, play and connect with friends from all over. Launching with a closed beta early next year.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:50 pm

Oculus TV isn't just for those who watch the media, but it is also empowering content creators through Media Studio: a VR management system to manage your library and get analytics for your content.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:48 pm

Rich presence can also be linked through things like FB Messenger, so that you can send somebody a link directly to their Messenger, allowing them to join you not only in an app, but in your location within the virtual world of the app.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:47 pm

Rich presence allows developers to build deep links, so that you can not only know what app your friends are using, but join them in whichever space inside that app that they are.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:46 pm

Predictably, they're working to integrate Facebook tighter into Oculus.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:46 pm

They're adding chats, so you can message inside the headset or from the Oculus app on your phone.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:44 pm

Meaghan is talking about the social features they're building. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:44 pm

Now, Meaghan Fitzgerald on stage.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:43 pm

Stephanie says the hand tracking will be able to tell exactly what your fingers are doing WITHOUT compromising CPU or GPU cycles.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:42 pm

Stephanie talking about how the hand-tracking is going to be revolutionary for the VR experience.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:41 pm

Talking about remote rendering for developers, so they can play straight to Quest. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:41 pm

Now Stephanie is talking about the Oculus Link that Mark announced earlier. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:40 pm

Mixed Reality being made easier on Quest. Mixed reality is now supported in Unity and Unreal integrations, and later this year will be natively supported.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:39 pm

Purchase Funnel Metrics coming to developers so they can better understand their customers. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:39 pm

Now discussing rendering enhancements, including foveated rendering and Vulkan, all of which should improve performance and enhance graphics.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:38 pm

RenderDoc will work more smoothly on Quest, and OVR metrics will be enhanced or viewed on PC, where it can be saved, and viewed later.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:37 pm

Now discussing developer-centric tools. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:37 pm

Starting next week, more than 50 Oculus Go apps will be available on Quest.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:37 pm

Many Oculus Go apps coming to Quest. If you own Go apps, you get them for free on Quest.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:36 pm

Passthrough on-demand coming soon after, so you can activate passthrough on Quest whenever you want to see outside your headset.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:35 pm

New stuff in the works; an upgraded version of Passthrough+ will launch for Quest next week. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:34 pm

Talking about updates to Quest software.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:34 pm

Now Stephanie Lue, Technical Program Manager is on stage.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:33 pm

"All these technologies are being built to help people feel closer," Bos says. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:32 pm

Facebook Reality Labs are working on 'live maps' - talking about reconstructing not just small places for a Big Screen experience, but on replicating the real-life world in VR so that AR can take those into consideration. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:32 pm

Facebook Reality Labs are working on 'live maps' - talking about reconstructing not just small places for a Big Screen experience, but on replicating the real-life world in VR so that AR can take those into consideration. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:30 pm

They're building AR glasses. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:29 pm

Bos still talking about the power of 'synchronous live experiences'. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:28 pm

"We know that VR has the power to bring us closer together," Bos says. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:27 pm

Video showing a guy and his dad, in a Big Screen type environment, watching a basketball game together. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:27 pm

Bos describing how VR tools can help enhance all those relationship factors, they allow us to have more frequent contact with people, regardless of distance. How it provides a diversity of experiences to share together, and how they're considering enhancing the strength of those interactions. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:25 pm

Bos says relationships, according to social scientists are about frequency of interaction with others, diversity of interactions, and strength of those interactions. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:23 pm

Bos talking about how VR can enhance social relationships.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:22 pm

"We are building a future that allows you to defy distance," Andrew (Bos) says. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:22 pm

"We are building a future that allow you to defy distance," Andrew (Bos) says. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:21 pm

Now Andrew Bosworth takes the stage.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:21 pm

Mark saying how far VR has come and says it'll be the next computing platform, now that we have a self-contained, soon to hand-track VR platform. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:20 pm

Horizon will launch next year, Mark says they're putting the finishing touches on it now.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:19 pm

"The creative experience is built right into VR," Mark says. So you don't need to be able to code, don't need to take your headset off. All can be built and experienced in VR. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:18 pm

We're clearly watching a demo video, not really meant to represent in-experience graphics. Obviously meant to introduce the concept, not the app.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:17 pm

Horizon will be infinitely expandable with both Facebook content and user-generated content. Now showing an introductory video. To watch some our footage straight away, check out our instagram feed at https://instagram.com/6dofreviews

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:17 pm

Horizon will be infinitely expandable with both Facebook content and user-generated content. Now showing an introductory video. Too watch some our footage straight away, check out our instagram feed at https://instagram.com/6dofreviews

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:16 pm

Mark says they've been working on it for a while, and are now announcing Facebook Horizon. In Horizon "you're going to be able to build your own world  and experiences."

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:16 pm

Mark discussing how to get the technology out of the way, make things more immersive, but also about building the software that'll help people socialize as well as they do on Facebook. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:15 pm

Mark now talking about delivering a social experience in VR. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:15 pm

Mark now discussing the neural interface. They have working prototypes, and it's a wrist-band that you'll wear and it allows you to control things just by thinking. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:14 pm

Hand tracking demo available at OC6, we'll try to have a video for you as soon as we've tried it out!

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:11 pm

Hand tracking on Quest will launch early next year. Now showing off an introductory video. The Quest cameras track your hands, and allow you to interact virtually!

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:11 pm

Now talking about how interactions occur in VR, seems to be leading up to some new controller technology. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:10 pm

Oculus Link will ship in November. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:09 pm

Oculus LINK announced!! Software update that will allow ALL rift content to be streamed to Quest. The Quest is basically a Rift now too. It'll work with USB cables, with a new dedicated cable, but you can use others.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:08 pm

Now discussing the fact that Rift content not available on Quest, and they've been looking at how to make this possible. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:08 pm

Mark says more than $100 million worth of content, bought on the Oculus Store, and 20% of that from the Quest already. 

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:07 pm

Mark now talking about future compatibility, that the Quest is a platform, not a device, so that any future Quest should run all titles.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:06 pm

"Quest has been on sale for only four months, and we're selling them as fast as we can make them," Mark says.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:05 pm

Talking about building the technology and the eco-system that would allow creating a feeling of presence.

Omar Kamel
September 25, 2019
1:03 pm

Keynote began. Mark talking about AR, VR, Etc. And relating it to socializing.