The 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) is now underway and the company has just wrapped up its keynote speech. Virtual reality (VR) related news has come in thick and fast but Oculus VR has just quietly released its anticipated mobile software development kit (SDK) for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The Oculus Mobile SDK has been in development for much of the past year and has been worked on by Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack.
The SDK arrives as a free download dubbed version 0.4.0. This should give anyone interested in developing for Gear VR a good headstart, as Samsung today announced that Gear VR would be shipping in early December 2014 as an Innovator Edition aimed as early adopters and developers. It’s thought that, at launch, the device will feature a free store in which developers can post demos and experiences, with a full store in which they can sell full videogames launching latter on down the line.
It certainly seems as if Gear VR will be ending the VR year on a high note, then. Back in October Carmack hosted a typically legendary keynote speech at the Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood in which he went into great detail about Gear VR development. It’s sure to be worth watching again now the SDK is here. On that note, there are plenty of other VR sessions still to take place at SDC that will undoubtedly shed more light on Gear VR development.
VRFocus is at SDC 2014 and will be live blogging each and everyone of these sessions along with covering all of the latest news.