Oculus Founder to Make ‘Special Announcement’ at The Game Awards on December 3rd


Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey is set to take the stage of The Game Awards this Thursday, December 3rd to make a ‘special announcement’.

The Game Awards 2015 marks the second year for the ceremony, produced by game journalist and host Geoff Keighley. The organization today announced in a promotional video that Oculus will take to the stage for a ‘special announcement’ at this year’s event. A tweet from Keighley confirms that founder Palmer Luckey will be the one to make the announcement.

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Photo courtesy Oculus VR, LLC
Luckey on the stage at Oculus Connect 2015, throwing Minecraft swag to the crowd after announcing it would be coming to the Oculus Rift. Photo courtesy Oculus VR, LLC.

There’s much we still don’t know about the Rift, Oculus’ flagship VR headset which is due to launch in Q1 2016. And while it’s tempting to think we might glean new details about the headset when Luckey takes to the stage on Thursday, it seems more likely—given the platform—that the announcement will be related to Rift content rather than hardware.

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Oculus has been heavily focused on content lately, announcing content partnerships with Netflix, Hulu, Minecraft, and more at their ‘Connect’ developer conference this year.

Those looking to catch the announcement live can tune in to The Game Awards on YouTube Gaming on Thursday, December 3 at 9PM ET (your timezone here). Pre-show starts at 8:30PM ET (your timezone here).

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  • Fard Muhammad

    I’m just hoping it’s a release date. ;-)

  • Andrew Jakobs

    I’ll also bet it’s a release date, we’re so close to 2016.. And yet we still haven’t heard anything from HTC/Valve, not a single shot of the consumer version of the Vive..

  • Mark Batcheler

    Surely it has to be a release date!

    Please let it be a release date :)

  • Piotrek

    …and price as well

  • Brad

    Hmmmm… I remember hearing a rumor that HTC would be revealing their consumer version on December 4th. Could it be that Oculus is will beat them to it the day before? In that light, it may be likely that we get a release date and price. The Game Awards might not seem like the most glamorous way to announce such a thing, but maybe it was a last minute decision to beat HTC to it.

  • Alkapwn

    Complimentary Rifts for all Kickstarter backers!!
    *Wakes up*
    Or I guess a release date and price will be awesome as well.

  • Pre Seznik

    I’m expecting them to say units are now available to order, so go overload our servers. Anything less than that I don’t care about, knowing release dates don’t really do anything for me.

  • lanthas

    Probably another partnership, like with the bundled Xbox controller…

  • crim3

    Here we go, take hold!

  • Simon Wood

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but after Palmer’s comments about years of work by 100s people on GearVR…
    I think the most impactful thing for VR right at this moment would be positional tracking on the GearVR (hopefully using it’s internal camera, rather than a accessory).