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John Carmack to keynote Oculus Connect 2

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John Carmack and the Oculus Rift

John Carmack will keynote the Oculus Connect conference in Hollywood this September. It's the second Oculus Connect following last year's debut, and will occur at a pretty crucial time for VR technology: Valve and HTC are expected to release a consumer version of their Vive headset before year end, while Oculus has indicated it will likely follow in the first quarter of 2016.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe and head scientist Michael Abrash will also deliver keynotes, though Palmer Luckey won't, if the conference's official website (opens in new tab) is any indication. Wes interviewed Luckey at last year's event, and also got hands-on with the Crescent Bay prototype.

While Carmack's legendary QuakeCon keynotes are no longer thanks to his split from id Software, he gets about: he spoke on the dawn of mobile VR at GDC back in March.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.