Oculus VR has so far done a consistent job of updating its Oculus Store for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). This is where Gear VR owners can download the latest virtual reality (VR) compatible apps and videogames for the device, which the company has been updating every week since its launch in December 2014 in the US. This week sees three new experiences added to the Oculus Store, including one piece that was revealed alongside Gear VR itself all the way back in September 2014.
That title is Protocol Zero, the first-person stealth experience from indie company DeNA. It was announced as one of the many Gear VR titles as Samsung’s reveal event, although assets for the title have been hard to come by. Set in a war-torn city, players are cast as an operative that must infiltrate enemy territories. A range of tools including night, x-ray and thermal vision are at player’s disposal as they take down enemies without being spotted. The title can be controlled using the Samsung Gamepad or another Android operating system (OS) based controller.
Also new is a VR version of iOS and Android title The Little Crane That Could from indie developer Abraham Stalk. As the name suggests, this title lets puts players in the seat of a crane that they must use to solve spatial puzzles. Finally, OZWE Games, the studio behind Anshar Wars has released VRtillery. At this point in time there isn’t much of an explanation of exactly what this experience is. Note that, given that the Oculus Store is currently unable to charge for content, it is likely that both of these additions are also free demos, though this isn’t specified.
Gear VR is currently available for $199 USD, with an international rollout expected in 2015. It’s not yet clear when the premium store will be arriving, thus players should expect to keep sampling demos for the foreseeable future. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.