Since the Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) was first launched in early December 2014 Oculus VR has delivered consistent updates to its Oculus VR Store, the platform from which all compatible content is bought. Generally speaking a handful of updates have arrived once a week, keeping owners busy with new demos and videos. Things are working a little differently this week, however, as Oculus VR has instead decided to update the store itself, adding new functionality.
Highlighting the update is international support. This is crucial given that the European rollout of Gear VR is now well underway, having launched in the UK last week and arrived in other territories in the weeks before. Language support for the kit now includes English, French, Italian, German, Spanish (two kinds!), and Korean. These languages can be switched on the 2D Oculus Home app.
As Oculus VR’s Bacon VR revealed in the Reddit update post: “With this comes the ability to control which apps are visible in certain regions and set … we’ll call them properties-that-may-have-to-do-with-country-specific-things-like-currency-but-nothing-is-being-announced.”
With the update comes a number of small compatibility issues that will require players to reinstall certain titles. These include Anshar Wars, VRtillery, Ikarus and MilkVR. There are also another set of optional updates for Protocol Zero and Proton Pulse. Finally, Nighttime Terror, Bomb Squad, Rocket Toss, Vanguard V, Oculus Cinema, Oculus 360 Videos and Oculus 360 Photos all have their own updates that won’t require any kind of reinstalling.
“I’ve been reading all the reddit posts, and I’ve noticed that some people may not use the Oculus 2D app,” Bacon VR revealed. “It totally works and is awesome! In case you don’t use it much, you can browse all of the content and download new games and updates to existing games (like all those I just mentioned!) before you hop into VR.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.