PlayStation VR, CCP and nDreams all confirmed as key speakers as VR industry gathers in Gateshead for annual summit. VRTGO, the annual conference and expo that explores the future of virtual reality (VR) for both entertainment and business applications, today announces that three of the biggest players in the space will be presenting at the 2015 event, taking place on Thursday 12th November at the Newcastle Gateshead BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Along with Jed Ashforth from PlayStation VR, the event will also see Andrew Robinson (CCP Games) and Patrick O’Luanaigh (nDreams) take to the stage to talk about the key components of the current state of the industry.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for those involved in this radical, and constantly evolving, technology to gather together and discuss the trends, issues and learning’s that will shape VR for the foreseeable future” offered Jed Ashforth, senior game designer, PlayStation VR. “Being able to deliver one of the keynotes and discuss the past, present and future of VR as a viable interactive platform means that we can now bring everyone – consumers, professional users and developers – along for the ride.”
As well as Jed, this year’s conference also sees nDreams and CCP Games take to the stage to present some amazing insights into just how far VR has evolved.
“We’re really at the cusp of an exciting wave of technological breakthroughs within VR” commented Patrick O’Luanaigh, founder and CEO of nDreams. “Being able to give the user a viable virtual world was always the easy part. Allowing the user to be able to move freely within that world has meant rethinking some of the control paradigms that have become so entrenched within standard non-VR immersion. But we’re now able to give the user a seamless and complete experience. It really is a new era.”
Andrew Robinson, artist and narrative designer, CCP Games, will be discussing just how narrative and emotive content rounds out the VR experience. “It’s never about just what you see or what you hear, it’s also about what you feel.” Andrew continued, “I firmly believe that narrative, and the emotive content that the narrative drives, is the final piece of the puzzle in entertainment VR, and the element that is going to take the technology mainstream. Being able to engage on an emotional level takes us in a whole new direction…”
As well as the keynotes VRTGO will feature a full schedule of talks and discussions and the accompanying exhibition will afford attendees the opportunity to try the VR experience for themselves.
VRTGO will be hosted by respected technology journalist Will Freeman and will also feature panels hosted by PlayCanvas, Whispering Gibbon, Crossrail and Pixel Ripped, with further participants to be announced over the coming weeks.
For a full outline of all talks taking place during the event please visit www.vrtgo.co.uk.
Tickets are available from the VRTGO website.