Those that have followed VRFocus for the past year will likely be well aware of the Oculus VR Share platform. This online portal serves as an accessible hotspot for free virtual reality (VR) experiences that support the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). From indie-developed experiments to videogame demos and 360 degree videos, the platform has become the ideal place to get started with VR software. This week, Oculus VR has announced that Oculus VR Share has reached 2 million unique downloads.
“Oculus Share just crossed 2 million unique downloads!” the company recently noted on its Twitter account. “With 600+ games/apps, the creativity of the VR community is nothing short of awesome!” One of the first releases for the platform was the Oculus Tuscany Demo back in early 2013. The small experience, which lets users walk around a villa in the titular region of Italy, has become something of a staple for first-time VR experiences as it allows users to acclimatise to the technology in a peaceful environment at their own pace.
Since that time the platform has seen regular updates, bringing it up to the aforementioned 600+ titles in the space of around two years. Over that time it has accommodated experiences for both the first and second development kit versions of the Oculus Rift.
Oculus VR likely has plans for Oculus Share as the company moves towards releasing the consumer version of its Oculus Rift. The company is already working with commerce digital stores; earlier in the month it launched a preview of a premium Oculus VR Store for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD in the USA. The digital store currently features a handful of paid-for VR videogames, though is yet to support aspects such as in-app purchases. An international rollout for this commerce store is yet to be detailed.
VRFocus will continue to follow the latest releases from Oculus VR Share, reporting back with the latest updates.