Oculus Connect 6 registrations now open ahead of September 25 kickoff

What you need to know

  • Oculus Connect 6 registrations are now open ahead of the conference's kickoff at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
  • The event will once again feature appearances by industry leaders, a look at the future of AR and VR, and a number of educational sessions.
  • You can register to attend now at the Oculus Connect website.

Registrations for this year's Oculus Connect conference are now open (opens in new tab). Set to run through September 25 and 26, Oculus Connect will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, and is in its sixth year.

Like previous Oculus Connects, this year's conference will feature a number of informative sessions, appearances from industry leaders, and a look at the future of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

"Whether you're building immersive experiences for consumers or businesses, at OC6 you'll discover cutting-edge innovations, hear best practices to develop imaginative new worlds, and learn how to effectively distribute your work to a growing audience," Oculus says in a blog post announcing that registrations are now open.

John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, is set to return for a session. Respawn Entertainment will unveil a new "AAA first-person combat title" made with Oculus Studios, while ILMcLAB creators will appear to talk about how Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series came to Oculus Quest. There are also a number of sessions focused on building a career in AR and VR, women in AR and VR research, and more.

If you want to take part in Oculus Connect 6, you can apply for a spot now at the Oculus Connect website.

Affordable VR accessories you'll use every time

Energizer rechargeable batteries (opens in new tab) ($14 at Amazon)

Touch and WMR controllers require AA batteries to operate and speaking from experience, you're going to want to invest early in some rechargeable batteries to save money in the long run. This pack includes a wall charger that can handle four AAs at once, so you shouldn't have any downtime while waiting for a charge.

SecurOMax microfiber cloths (opens in new tab) ($7 at Amazon)

There's nothing worse than foggy or dirty VR lenses. They obstruct your ability to focus on the action in the headset properly, and frankly, they're just gross. These cloths from SecurOMax won't scratch your headset's lenses, and you'll be glad you have them on hand after a couple of sessions.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl