Gear VR fans will have no doubt heard by now that today is the day that Samsung and partner Oculus VR have launched the virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the USA. The kit can now be ordered from Samsung’s official online store. Today also marks another first for Oculus VR, as the company has revealed the first official update for the Oculus Store, where users will be able to download all of their VR content. This effectively means that the Gear VR launch line-up has officially been revealed.
As VRFocus reported when images of the store leaked earlier this month, content on Gear VR is split into three sections: Games, Apps and Experiences. According to the update, no less than 11 videogames are available now, albeit most will be demos as opposed to full titles. The list includes Anshar Wars, Bombsquad, Darknet, Dreadhalls, Esper, HeroBound: First Steps, Ikarus, Minotaur Rescure VR, Proton Pulse, Romans from Mars and Viral. Oculus VR didn’t specify as to which titles were demos and which were full videogames, although Darknet is certainly the latter.
The Apps section of the store currently contains four items: Oculus Cinema, Oculus 360 Videos, Oculus 360 Photos and VR Gallery. Users will be given the chance to install some of these apps first when initially setting up Gear VR. Finally, the experiences section contains VR Introduction, Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, Strangers with Patrick Watson, The Blu VR and Titans of Space. All in all that means there are currently 20 titles to sample on the device, with plenty more on the way in the coming weeks and months.
Gear VR’s premium store is expected to launch in early 2015. International release dates are also expected to hit at a later date. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR, reporting back with any further updates on the kit’s progress.