Samsung’s Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) has made waves within the virtual reality (VR) industry today, partly in thanks to Samsung itself and partly thanks to its partnership with none other than Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR. The two have been working together for the past few months, building towards today’s announcement. However, Oculus VR hasn’t just had a hand in the HMD itself; it’s also developing brand new software for the release.
Today the company revealed four new apps that will be available for Gear VR in the future. The first is Oculus Home, which is pictured above. This is essentially a VR interface which connects to an Oculus Store, allowing Gear VR owners to find more VR content. Specifics weren’t announced, but it seems this could be simply a skin for the Google Play Store, designed to specifically showcase VR content.
Next up is Oculus Cinema, a VR movie theatre which allows for both 2D and 3D video playback. Again, it wasn’t clear if this was linked in any way to IMAX: Admit One, the Gear VR cinema experience that Oculus VR has had a hand in creating itself. Finally, a pair of apps known as Oculus 360 Videos and Oculus 360 Photos have been announced, allowing for a more straight forward option to view VR content.
These apps are currently in beta, and more details will be shared prior to the launch of the Innovator Edition of Gear VR, which is expected to be launching in mid-October 2014 at a price south of $200 USD. VRFocus will continue to follow both Oculus VR and Gear VR going forward, reporting back with any further updates on them.