The third Oculus Connect kicks off on Wednesday, October 5th in the shadow of revelations that the company’s founder has been quietly funding a pro-Trump "shitposting" campaign during an extraordinarily toxic election year. Nevertheless, the three-day San Jose event should provide us with a shipping date for the long-awaited Touch controllers, just ahead of the PlayStation VR’s October 13th sale date. But let’s not kid ourselves, this week is all about Google.
Google’s event kicks off on Tuesday in San Francisco. Rumors suggest a slew of new hardware including 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL phones built by HTC; pricing and availability of the Echo-likeGoogle Home voice assistant; a new Chromecast Ultra USB stick with support for 4K resolutions and HDR; and a multi-point router variation of OnHub meant to compete with modern home Wi-Fi solutions like Eero. We should also expect to hear more about Google’sDaydream VR platform set to launch any day now.
We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016 More importantly perhaps, would be the announcement of " Andromeda ," the code name for a long rumored Chrome OS and Android mashup targeting laptops and tablets. Of course anything could happen so be sure to tune into our coverage at 1pm ET tomorrow, October 4th. You'll want to read Dan Seifert's event preview before then.
But all this and more is still to come. First let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.