Oculus Connect conference is now called Facebook Connect and is on September 16th

Facebook will hold Facebook Connect on September 16. That event is the new name of the former Oculus Connect; an annual conference on ar and vr. All activities in the field of ar and vr are now part of Facebook Reality Labs.

According to Facebook, the annual event formerly called Oculus Connect has grown into something much more than just Oculus. That is why the conference is now called Facebook Connect. That name would make that clearer. The virtual Facebook Connect event is free for everyone to attend. There are keynotes on the augmented and virtual reality market and sessions for developers.

The event can be followed via Facebook Reality Labs. That is the new name under which Facebook groups all its activities in the field of ar and vr. Previously, the Oculus Research research department was already renamed Facebook Reality Labs, but from now on all developments and activities fall under that name, including the development of Oculus headsets. Facebook will continue to use the Oculus brand name for hardware.

The removal of the Oculus name from the conference and new format of Facebook Reality Labs follows a week after Facebook announced that it will be mandatory to use a Facebook account with new Oculus headsets. As of 2023, Facebook will completely stop supporting the current Oculus accounts. Current users must also switch to a Facebook account from then on to use all functions.

Perhaps Facebook will show a new version of the Oculus Quest headset during the conference. Renders of this have already appeared and the release is rumored to be around September 15th. The new Quest is probably a bit lighter and smaller and equipped with better screens and a faster soc.

Leaked render of the alleged new Oculus Quest