Samsung’s Gear VR mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has seen plenty of videogames since its launch in December 2014. Indie developers have been flocking to the device to deliver some of the first premium VR titles. Samsung itself, however, has been focused on the 360 degree video side with its Milk VR app. While other developers are working on playable content for the kit, its co-creator is apparently much more interested in films. This is a trend that looks set to continue in the future.
Samsung’s Director of Immersive Products, Jim Wilson, recently said as much in an interview with GameCrate, stating that the company has ‘no plans’ for its own exclusive videogames. “I would say that, you know, our primary focus right now hasn’t been games,” Wilson explained. “I mean we’re certainly excited about games and, again, it certainly broadens the overall entertainment appeal of Gear VR. So I’d say, at this time, there’s no plans for exclusive games for Gear VR just because we’re focused on sort of on our virtual reality concept service, Milk VR.”
Of course, Gear VR is seeing plenty of exclusive content from developers themselves thanks to the likes of Oculus VR’s recent Mobile VR Jam and other projects that are coming only to the mobile VR platform. What Wilson is likely referring to is the sort of content that Samsung itself is securing, such as its 360 degree video-based partnerships with the likes of the NBA and Skybound Entertainment. Could the company one day focus on similar partnerships within the videogame industry? For now, it appears that the platform will continue to rely on indie developers.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit’s progress.