Gear VR, Samsung and Oculus VR’s smartphone based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), has been out for a little over a week now. No doubt those that have been lucky enough to get their hands on a kit have chewed through the range of demos and experiences available in its first week and are waiting for more. Today Oculus VR delivers with its second Oculus Store Content Update, adding three new videogames for owners to try out, including two of the titles that were announced alongside the device itself all the way back in September 2014.
First up is Playhead, a music-based experience from indie team Innerspace VR. The title lets players customise songs and the environments around them, stripping tracks down to single notes before building them back up again. Also available is James’s Legacy – The Prologue, a third-person adventure that could offer something of a mash up between the likes of Lucky’s Tale and Super Mario Galaxy. Finally, there’s Shooting Showdown 2, a new version of the first-person shooter (FPS) from Naquatic that pits players on a shooting range.
Note that Oculus VR hasn’t specified as to if these experiences are the full titles or simply demos. Given that Gear VR doesn’t yet feature a payment option, it’s like that they are the latter, although Darknet developer E McNeill is currently giving his entire videogame away for free. Shooting Showdown 2 is free on Android, so this could well be the full version on Gear VR. The premium store is expected to be arriving in the New Year, which is when developers will be able to start releasing the full versions of their titles.
Gear VR is currently available for $199 USD as an Innovator Edition designed for early adopters and developers. VRFocus will continue to follow the device, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.