This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo show is going to be jam-packed with great reveals and surprises from a number of companies – but Oculus apparently won’t be one of them.
The virtual reality company behind the good-selling Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has confirmed that it will be skipping this year’s event. It’s been attending the show since 2014, but it appears to be taking a powder this year for undisclosed reasons.
There have been some events as of late that have indicated the company has seen better days. Palmer Luckey, who co-founded the company, left back in March, and the company recent lost a hefty lawsuit brought on by ZeniMax, paying over $500 million in settlement.
The company also doesn’t have any new products set for reveal on the Rift this year, so it may be waiting to do something on its own, once more games are ready for reveal.
That’s not to say the Rift itself won’t be at the show, as it’s possible that other third-party companies will utilize the technology to showcase its forthcoming games, though its presence hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
This is the latest company to drop out of the event. Rockstar Games hasn’t been in attendance for years, and Electronic Arts officially dropped out last year, to host its own special EA Play event – something that it’ll be doing again for this year. However, some companies have since come back, as Activision – who had a private showcase at last year’s event – will have something big on the show floor this year as it hypes big sequels like Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2.
As far as what Oculus is up to in place of its usual E3 showcase, we’re not sure yet, as it hasn’t announced any kind of plans. However, it usually holds some kind of summer press conference to highlight what’s around the corner. It may just be in the process of trying to put these plans together. We’ll find out in just a few short months.
That said, there should be plenty of VR tech on the show floor, especially with Sony pushing its next wave of PlayStation VR games.